Media Release – June 5, 2019
Canadian Mathematical Society

Top Canadian Mathematics Students Conquer the 51st Canadian Mathematical Olympiad

The Canadian Mathematical Society is pleased to announce the results of the 51st Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO), Canada’s premier mathematics competition which was written by nearly 90 students from more than 50 different schools on March 27, 2019.

The students were selected based on their performance on the Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (written November 8 and 9, 2018) and the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad Qualifying Repêchage (written February 13 – 20, 2019), competitions which are supported by Premier Sponsors the Casualty Actuarial Society and the Society of Actuaries.

Canadian Mathematical Olympiad Committee Chair Professor Neal Madras offered his congratulations to the top competitors for their excellent achievements, and also to all participants who have competed for the excitement of doing challenging mathematics. He added:

“Succeeding at the CMO requires creativity and resourcefulness as well as the ability to construct and communicate a complex logical argument in a short amount of time.”

The competition’s FIRST PRIZE and CMO Cup goes to William Zhao, a grade 12 student from Richmond Hill High School. Zhao says that he enjoyed solving this year’s problems. The competition included problems that were “short and elegant requiring original ideas instead of standard techniques or difficult explanations.”

Second Prize – Victor Rong (Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute), Toronto, ON;
Third Prize – Howard Halim (University of Toronto Schools), Toronto, ON.

Honourable Mentions:Michael Li (Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute), Toronto, ON;
Zhening Li (Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School), Waterloo, ON;
Eric Shen (University of Toronto Schools), Toronto, ON;
Edgar Wang (Marianopolis College), Westmount, QC;
Scott Xu (Hon. Vincent Massey Secondary School), Windsor, ON.

International Division:Thomas Guo (Phillips Exeter Academy), Exeter, NH;
Sebastien Jeon (Bergen County Academics), Hackensack, NJ;
Freddie Zhao (ICAE), Troy, MI.

See the complete results here.

The Society would like to acknowledge the Premier Sponsors as well as other corporate, government, and academic partners.

About the Canadian Mathematical Olympiad
The Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO) is Canada’s premier national advanced mathematics competition. Candidates require an invitation from the Canadian Mathematical Society in order to participate.

About the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS)
The CMS is the main national organization whose goal is to promote and advance the discovery, learning and application of mathematics. The Society’s activities cover the whole spectrum of mathematics including: meetings, research publications, and the promotion of excellence in mathematics competitions that recognize outstanding student achievements.

For more information, please contact:

Prof. Neal Madras (York)
Chair, Canadian Mathematical Olympiad Committee
or Dr. Termeh Kousha
Executive Director
Canadian Mathematical Society
613-733-2662 ext. 713