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CMS Winter Meeting 2000
Hotel Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia
December 10 - 12, 2000

On behalf of the University of British Columbia, the Department of Mathematics extends a warm welcome to all participants in the Winter 2000 Meeting of the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS).

Following the usual format, the meeting will include ten symposia, contributed papers, seven plenary speakers, as well as Coxeter-James and Doctoral Prize lectures. There will be a public lecture, in conjunction with the Vancouver Institute, the Saturday evening preceding the meeting. Another unusual feature of the meeting will be the premiere production of the play ``Hypatia's Street Theatre,'' a drama based on historical and mathematical themes.

The Public Lecture and the play will be presented on the campus of the University of British Columbia. All other activities of the meeting will be in the Hotel Vancouver, conveniently located in downtown Vancouver, at 900 W. Georgia Street. The Hotel Vancouver can be reached by taxi or bus from Vancouver International Airport in less than 30 minutes.

The most up-to-date information concerning the programmes, including scheduling, will appear on this website as it becomes available.

Meeting registration forms and hotel accommodation forms are published in the September 2000 issue of the CMS Notes and is also available on the website, along with on-line forms for registration and submission of abstracts.

Speakers should contact their organizers regarding their talk time.

Public Lecture

Saturday, December 9, 8:15 p.m.
Co-sponsored by the Vancouver Institute
at Instructional Resources Centre, UBC
Roger Howe, Yale University
Chinese excellence in mathematics teaching: can we match it in North America?

Before the public lecture, there will be a welcoming reception at the Hotel Vancouver from 5:30 to 7pm, Dec. 9, with a bus service at 7pm from the Hotel to the UBC Campus.

Education Session

A special session of the education symposium will be held on Sunday, December 10, with local math teachers invited to participate. Included will be a plenary lecture, by Roger Howe, invited papers, and a panel discussion on the subject of Mathematics Education East and West. This will center on issues raised in Liping Ma's book Knowing and Teaching Mathematics. This book was recently reviewed in the CMS Notes by Ed Barbeau and the AMS Notices by Roger Howe, who will both be in attendance, as will Liping Ma.

Hypatia's Street Theatre

This theatrical presentation, written by Klaus Hoechsmann and Ted Galay, will be held at 8:00 pm on December 10 at the Frederic Wood Theatre, on the UBC Campus. A bus service from the Hotel Vancouver to the Theatre will be available. Tickets will be complimentary to registrants.

Plenary Speakers

Patrick Dehornoy (Caen)
Richard Durrett (Cornell)
Roger Howe (Yale) - Education plenary
Izabella Laba (UBC)
Stanley Pliska (UI Chicago)
Paul Roberts (Utah)
Peter Sarnak (Princeton) - Lecture cosponsored by Royal Society and PIMS.


The CMS Coxeter-James Lecture will be given by Damien Roy, University of Ottawa.
The CMS Doctoral Prize lecture will be given by Stephen Astels, University of Georgia.
The Adrien Pouliot Award, in recognition of contributions to mathematical education and popularization, will be presented to Bernard Courteau, Université de Sherbrooke, at the banquet.
The CMS Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Arthur Sherk, University of Toronto, at the banquet.

Contributed Papers Session

(Org: Kee Lam, University of British Columbia)

Contributed papers of 15 minutes duration are invited. Abstracts for CMS contributed papers should be prepared as specified below. For an abstract to be eligible, the abstract must be received before October 15, 2000. For contributed papers, please remember that we cannot consider the abstract until registration fees are received.

Travel Grants for Graduate Students

Limited funds are available to partially fund the travel and accommodation costs for graduate students. For more information, please contact the Meeting Committee at

Applicants must be bona fide graduate students, at a Canadian or other University. To apply for this funding, please have a letter written by your Supervisor or departmental Graduate Advisor, briefly answering the following: Name of Student, Area of study and level, How will the student benefit from the meeting? Will the student be speaking? What support is available from local sources or grants, for this student?

Please have this sent before October 31, 2000. This letter may be emailed to Applicants will be notified early in November of the funding decision.

Social Events

A welcoming reception will be held Saturday, December 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Hotel Vancouver, to welcome delegates and gather for the bus to UBC, leaving at 7:15 p.m. for the Public Lecture. There will also be a small reception after the lecture.

The Delegates' Luncheon will be held on Sunday, December 10, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Hotel Vancouver. A ticket to this luncheon is included in all registration fee categories.

Everyone is also invited to a reception on Sunday, December 10, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at the Hotel Vancouver, preceeding the presentation of Hypatia's Street Theatre at UBC. Bus service will be provided to and from this event.

A banquet will be held on Monday, December 11, from 7:30 p.m. at the Hotel Vancouver, preceded by a cash bar at 6:30 p.m. Tickets to this event are available at $50.00 each.

Coffee and juice will be available during the scheduled breaks.

Business Meetings

For a complete listing of business meetings, including locations, please consult the event schedule, or the daily schedule.

The CMS will be holding business meetings during the course of the meeting. Additional information will be provided in later announcements and may be found on the Society's website.

The CMS Executive Committee Meeting will meet on Friday, December 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Suite 245 of the Hotel Vancouver.

The CMS Development Group Luncheon will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9 in the Boardroom of the Hotel Vancouver.

The CMS Board of Directors meeting will be held from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 9 in the Tweedsmuir Room of the Hotel Vancouver.

There is no CMS General Meeting scheduled for this meeting.


Exhibits will be open during specified hours during the conference.

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts for all talks will be published in the meeting programme and will also be available at

Abstracts may be sent electronically, following instructions given below. Electronic submission of abstracts is preferred. If this is not possible, abstracts may also be prepared on the standard form available from the CMS Executive Office, 577 King Edward, Suite 109, Ottawa, Ontario CANADA K1N 6N5.

Speakers are asked to submit their abstracts as soon as possible. The deadline for submission of abstracts has been set at by October 15, 2000. The organizers appreciate the cooperation of all the speakers in observing this important deadline.

Electronic submission of abstracts:  To submit your abstract, please go to the forms section of the meeting website:

Alternatively, files including the session, speaker's name, affiliation, complete address, title of talk, and abstracts may be sent to (speakers), or (contributed papers).

Please make sure to include the session name in your subject line.

Important deadline for submission of abstracts:
October 15, 2000.


Registration forms will appear in the September 2000 issue of the CMS Notes and are also available from:

CMS Winter 2000 Registration
CMS Executive Office
577 King Edward, Suite 109
P.O. Box 450, Station A
Ottawa, Ontario CANADA K1N 6N5
Tel: 613-562-5702
FAX: 613-565-1539

Electronic pre-registration is also available.

Payment for preregistration may be made by cheque, or by VISA or MasterCard. Although registration fees are given in Canadian dollars, delegates may send cheques in US dollars by contacting their financial institution for the current exchange rate.

Please note that payment must be received on or before October 15 in order to qualify for reduced rates.

Before After
Oct 15 Oct 15
Plenary speakers/prize lecturers $   0 $   0
Session speakers 200 200
Organizers 135 135
Non-members 400 520
CMS/AMS/MAA/CSHPM members with grants 270 350
CMS/AMS/MAA/CSHPM members without grants 135 175
One-day fee 135 175
Postdocs, retired 100 130
Students, unemployed 50 50
Banquet (free for plenary/prize speakers) 50 50
CMS = Canadian Mathematical Society
AMS = American Mathematical Society
MAA = Mathematical Association of America
CSHPM = Canadian Society for History and
                     Philosophy of Mathematics

Refund Policy

Delegates wishing to cancel their registration must notify the CMS Executive Office in writing before December 1 to receive a refund less a $40 processing fee. Those whose contributed paper has not been accepted will upon request be fully refunded.


It is recommended that those attending the conference book early to avoid disappointment. Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the locations given below and will be held until November 7, 2000. Reservations not made by that date will be on a request only, space available basis. Rates quoted are in Canadian dollars.

Reservation Deadline: November 7, 2000

Hotel Vancouver
900 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6
Check-in: 16:00; Check-out: 12:00 noon
Applicable taxes: GST (7%), PST (10%)
Group Code: NJ-112
Phone: 604-684-3131    toll-free: 800-441-1414
FAX: 604-662-1929    email:

Rates: $120, Canadian Pacific, single/double occupancy
$150, Canadian Deluxe, single/double occupancy
$210, Entrée Gold, single/double occupancy
$25 for third person
(children 18 yrs old and under sharing parents'
accommodation are complimentary)

Robsonstrasse Hotel
1394 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 1C5
Check-in: 11:00 a.m.; Check-out: 11:30 a.m.
Applicable taxes: GST (7%), hotel tax (10%)
Phone: 604-687-1674   Toll-free: 888-667-8877
FAX: 604-685-7808    email:

Rates: $85, standard room, single/double occupancy
$105, deluxe Superior studio, single/double occupancy
$15, for each additional person
(please contact the hotel for other options)

955 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y2
Check-in: 2:00 pm; Check-out: 12:00 noon
Applicable taxes: hotel tax (10%)
Group Code: 30210
Phone: 604-681-0221    Toll-free (North America): 888-595-9622
FAX: 604-681-1630

Rates: $39 single occupancy, no television
$41 single occupancy, with television
$8 extra cot, per night
(rooms do not have private baths)
(this is a co-ed facility)

In all cases, delegates must make their own reservations. The conference rate is extended up to two days pre- and post-convention. Where applicable, and in order for your room to be applied against our block, please quote the group code.

Accommodation reservations and cancellations: For the Hotel Vancouver, all reservations must be guaranteed for the first night's accommodation with cheque, money order or valid major credit card number and must be received prior to the cut-off date of November 7, 2000. Reservations not protected by such guarantee will be released. Such guaranteed reservations are held for arrival until 12:00 noon on the day following the first night reserved. Deposits are refundable if notice of cancellation is received by Hotel Vancouver at least 48 hours prior to the date of arrival. Delegates should note and retain the cancellation number quoted to them by the Reservation Agent at the time the cancellation is made.

For the Robsonstrasse Hotel, all reservations must be guaranteed with valid major credit card. Guaranteed reservations will be held until 11:00 a.m. on the day following the first night reserved. Deposits are refundable if notice of cancellation is received at least 48 hours prior to the date of arrival.

For the YMCA, reservations will be held until 14:00 on the arrival day only, unless you provide a deposit for one night. Deposits are refundable if notice of cancellation is received by the YMCA at least 48 hours prior to the date of arrival.

Child Care

Child care will be provided if there is sufficient demand. Please contact the organizer Dale Rolfsen ( for details. Also, additional information regarding child care options will be posted to the website as it becomes available.


The City of Vancouver: Detailed information regarding the City of Vancouver, including Tourism Information, local weather and climate, airport shuttle information, site and street maps are available at the website:

Parking: Delegates staying at the Hotel Vancouver may park for $19.00 per night, with in and out privileges.

For those staying at the Robsonstrasse Hotel, free covered parking is available.

Delegates staying at the YMCA may park in the YMCA parking lots overnight from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 a.m. for $3.00. 24 hour parking is $7.00. The upper level lot behind the Baptist Church may be used Monday to Saturday, not on Sundays. Sunday parking is restricted to the underground lot only.


Support from the following is gratefully acknowledged:
- University of Alberta
- University of British Columbia
- University of Calgary
- CECM - The Centre for Experimental and Constructive Mathematics
- MITACS - Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems
- The National Programme Committee (a joint funding body of the Centre de recherches mathématiques, The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, and The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences)
- PIMS - Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences
- The Royal Society of Canada
- Simon Fraser University
- The Vancouver Institute

The Canadian Mathematical Society would like to acknowledge the contribution of the members of the Meeting Committee for organizing this meeting.

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