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CMS Winter Meeting 2003
Simon Fraser University
Harbour Centre Campus
515 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

December 6-8, 2003

On behalf of Simon Fraser University, the Department of Mathematics invites all researchers, educators and students to the Winter 2003 Meeting of the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS).

The members of the Department are looking forward to welcoming their colleagues back to its Harbour Centre Campus, in the heart of one of Canada's most beautiful and exciting cities.

Following the usual format, the meeting will include a wide variety of symposia, a session of contributed papers, at least six plenary speakers, a short course on Cryptography as well as the CMS Coxeter-James and Doctoral Prize lecturers.

Most activities and all scientific talks will be held at the Harbour Centre campus of the University, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, British Columbia. Some pre-meeting activities, the Delegates' Luncheon and the meeting banquet will be held at the Pan Pacific Hotel, 300-999 Canada Place.

The most up-to-date information concerning the programmes, including detailed schedules, will be made available at this web site.

Meeting registration forms and hotel accommodation forms will be published in the September 2003 issue of the CMS Notes and are also available on the web site, along with on-line forms for registration and submission of abstracts.

Plenary Speakers

Tom Archibald (Acadia University),
Deborah Ball (Michigan) and Hyman Bass (Michigan),
Robert Calderbank (AT&T Laboratories, NJ),
Andrew Granville (University of Montreal),
Anand Pillay (University of Illinois, Urbana),
Madhu Sudan (MIT).

Prizes and Awards

The CMS Coxeter-James Lecture will be given by Jingyi Chen, University of British Columbia.
The CMS Doctoral Prize Lecture will be given by Alina Carmen Cojocaru, Queen's University.
The CMS Adrien Pouliot Prize will be awarded to Andy Liu, University of Alberta.

Short-course on Cryptography

Space in the Short Course is restricted. Priority will be given to those paying the Short Course Fee ($150). Other persons registering for the Meeting as a whole may apply for admission to the Short Course and admission tickets will be given on a first-come, first-served basis as space permits.

Doug Stinson (Waterloo) - Introduction to Cryptography
Neal Koblitz (Washington) - Elliptic Curve Cryptography
Hugh Williams (Calgary) - Algorithmic Number Theory
Mike Mosca (Waterloo) - Quantum Computing and Quantum Cryptography

Contributed Papers Session

(Org: Steven Ruuth, Simon Fraser University)

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, 2003. The abstract must be accompanied by its contributor's registration form and payment of the appropriate fees.

To better assist organizers, please include the Primary (2000) AMS Classification (

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 November 1, 2003. This letter may be emailed to Applicants will be notified early in November of the funding decision.

If successful, the student will receive a cheque for reimbursement of expenses upon completion and submission of the standard Travel Expense Claim Form, along with appropriate original receipts.

Related Activities

Rencontre francophone

This special activity will be organized by J-J Risler (Paris). Additional information will be posted to the meeting web site as it becomes available.

Social Events

A welcoming reception will be held Friday, December 5, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Cypress Suite of the Pan Pacific Hotel.

The Delegates' Luncheon will be held on Saturday, December 6, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Governor General Suite of the Pan Pacific Hotel. It will feature a talk by Kanwal Neel, past president of the British Columbia Association of Mathematics Teachers (BCAMT). A ticket to this luncheon is included in all registration fee categories.

A banquet will be held on Sunday, December 7, from 7:00 p.m. in the Crystal Pavilion of the Pan Pacific Hotel, preceded by a cash bar at 6:00 p.m. Tickets to this event are available at $60.00 each.

Coffee and juice will be available during the scheduled breaks.

A block of tickets has been reserved for a Carol Ship Cruise Dinner. Tickets include a four hour cruise on the Pride of Vancouver, joining the annual flotilla of carol ships. We'll cruise the inlet while dining, caroling (and dancing!). This is a wonderful way to savour the scenery and celebrate the season. The cruise features a gourmet buffet, live entertainment, and Christmas carols. Tickets are available for $70 each. The cruise is on Saturday December 6 from 6:45 to 10:45 p.m. with boarding commencing at 6:15. Note: As of November 4, tickets for the cruise have been sold out. No further tickets are available.

A detailed schedule of all social and other events is available from the schedule page of the meeting web site.

Business Meetings

The CMS will be holding business meetings during the course of the meeting.

The CMS Executive Committee Meeting will meet on Thursday, December 4, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m in the Canada Suite of the Pan Pacific Hotel.

The CMS Development Group Luncheon will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 5 in the Governor General Suite C of the Pan Pacific Hotel.

The CMS Board of Directors Meeting will be held from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Friday, December 5 in the Gazebo (1&2) on the Lobby Level of the Pan Pacific Hotel.

A detailed schedule of business meetings and other events is available from the schedule page of the meeting web site.

Exhibits: Exhibits will be open during specified hours in the Segal Centre of the Simon Fraser University's Harbour Centre. The CMS exhibit will be open throughout the course of the meeting.

Joint Exhibit: This exhibit features books and other products from publishers and other companies and organizations not represented at the meeting. Order forms will be available at the exhibit for your convenience. The CMS will forward any orders to the corresponding company after the meeting. Books and other materials that will be displayed at this Joint Exhibit will be donated to the host university.

CMS Membership Booth and Book Display: We invite delegates to visit the CMS Membership Booth and Book Display. A representative will be available from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day to answer questions about membership, future meetings, publications, and other programs.

News from Research Institutes: The Canadian Research Institutes have been invited to display news on their recent and future activities. We invite delegates to visit the display.

Information Table: In response to members' suggestions, this table will be set up in the registration area for information of interest to delegates. Please send a copy of your announcement to the CMS Exhibits Coordinator, 577 King Edward, Suite 109, P.O. Box 450, Station A, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5, facsimile (613) 565-1539.

All announcements require prior approval. Once approved, the delegate may display up to 100 copies of the announcement. The delegate is responsible for providing all copies for display and for removing any remaining copies before 3:00 p.m. on the last day of the meeting. After that time, all remaining material will be discarded.

Announcements may not be posted in the registration or meeting area. Personal distribution of announcements is also not allowed. Announcements of events competing in time or place with the meeting program cannot be accepted.

This table is not meant for material promoting products or services for sale. Those wishing to promote products for sale should contact the Exhibits Coordinator for information on the Joint Exhibit.

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts for all talks will be published in the meeting programme and will also be available on-line.

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 October 15, 2003. 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 web site.

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. For contributed papers, to better assist organizers, please include the 2000 AMS Subject Classification (

Important deadline for submission of all abstracts:
October 15, 2003


The registration form is also available from:

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 IN OTTAWA on or before November 1 in order to qualify for reduced rates. In order for your payment to be processed before the meeting, it should be received by November 28.

 Before Nov 1After Nov 1
Delegate's Luncheon included  
Plenary speakers (1 free banquet ticket)$ 0$ 0
Prize lecturers (2 free banquet tickets)00
Mini-course lecturers00
Session speakers225225
CMS/AMS/MAA members with grants300390
CMS/AMS/MAA members without grants150195
One-day fee200260
Postdocs, retired115150
Teachers (K-12, CEGEP), students, unemployed6080
Short Course on Cryptography ONLY150150
Banquet (Sunday, Dec 7, Pan Pacific)6060
Carol Ship Dinner Cruise (Saturday, Dec 6)7070

Please note there is limited registration for the Short Course.

CMS = Canadian Mathematical Society
AMS = American Mathematical Society
MAA = Mathematical Association of America

Why Preregister?

Wondering whether to pre-register or wait until you arrive? Here are some advantages to pre-registering.

- many can take advantage of reduced fees until the early registration deadline (see above)
- your name would appear on the list of participants on our web site
- your Meeting Kit will be waiting for you at the reception on Friday evening
- no waiting in line early Saturday morning to process your registration!
- banquet tickets are available now but may no longer be available on site

For all these reasons, we encourage you to preregister, whether it be before or after the early registration deadline. If you'd like to preregister and enjoy the above benefits, please visit our web site to use our online forms.

Refund Policy

Delegates wishing to cancel their registration must notify the CMS Executive Office in writing before November 28 to receive a refund less a $40 processing fee. Those whose contributed paper has not been accepted will upon request be fully refunded.

Do you qualify for free CMS membership?

An AMS or a MAA member who registers at a semi-annual meeting of the CMS and who is not a member of the CMS, is eligible for a one-time only, one-year free membership in the CMS.

If you qualify, please visit the CMS booth to complete a membership application form. Please provide proof of current AMS or MAA membership. This offer applies to new members only.


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 the deadlines specified. Reservations not made by that date will be on a space available basis at regular published rates.

Rates are per room, per night and are quoted in Canadian dollars. In all cases, all reservations must be guaranteed by a first night deposit, or major credit card guarantee.

The conference rate is usually extended up to two days pre- and post-convention. When making your reservation, PLEASE QUOTE THE GROUP CODE.

In the event that your preferred hotel is not available, please contact your second choice.

The Pan Pacific Vancouver
300 - 999 Canada Place, Vancouver (British Columbia) Canada V6C 3B5
Points: please see
Check-in: 3:00 p.m.; Check-out: 12:00 noon
Applicable taxes: GST (7%), Hotel tax (10%)
Deadline: November 3, 2003
Group Code: Canadian Mathematical Society
Hotel phone: 604-662-8111
toll-free: 1-800-663-1515 (Canada) 1-800-937-1515 (USA)
FAX: 604-895-2469
parking:$2 per 1/2 hr, max $12 daily, $18 for overnight
Valet parking also available ($27 daily with in-out privileges)


$125, Superior, single/double occupancy
$155, Superior, triple occupancy
$185, Superior, quadruple occupancy

$135, Deluxe, single/double occupancy
$165, Deluxe, triple occupancy
$195, Deluxe, quadruple occupancy

(Children 18 yrs old and under sharing parents' accommodation are complimentary.)

Ramada Limited Downtown Vancouver
435 West Pender Street, Vancouver (British Columbia) Canada V6B 1V2
Points: Aeroplan, Petro Points, Club Ramada
Check-in: 3:00 p.m.; Check-out: 12:00 noon
Applicable taxes: GST (7%), Hotel tax (10%)
Deadline: November 3, 2003
Group Code: 1030
Phone: 604-488-1088 Toll-free: 1-888-389-5888
FAX: 604-488-1090
parking: Valet parking only ($15 per night) with in/out privileges
complimentary deluxe continental breakfast
complimentary hi-speed wireless internet service available
handicapped rooms available


$75, single/double occupancy
$90, triple occupancy
$105, quadruple occupancy
(Children 17 yrs old and under sharing parents' accommodation are complimentary.)


For the Pan Pacific Hotel, reservations will be held until 6:00 p.m. on the day of arrival. In the case of a "no show" or if a guaranteed reservation is not cancelled by 12:00 midnight on the day prior to the expected day of arrival, the cost of the room for the first night will be charged to the guarantor. NOTE: At the time of check-in on the day of arrival, all guests will be asked to verify their departure date. At that time, any necessary changes can be made without penalty. If the guest chooses to depart prior to this date, they will be assessed a fee of $100.00 against their credit card.

For the Ramada Limited Downtown Vancouver, reservations will be held until 6:00 p.m. on the day of arrival. In the case of a "no show" or if a guaranteed reservation is not cancelled by 4:00 p.m. on the day prior to the expected day of arrival, the cost of the room for the first night will be charged to the guarantor.

Child Care

Information regarding available child care may be provided by the meeting hotels. Advance research and arrangements are recommended.

For the Pan Pacific, the Concierge can provide a list of bonded child care professionals. For the Ramada, there are no facilities for child care presently available.

Additional information will be posted to the meeting web site 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: At the Pan Pacific, parking is available at $2 per 1/2 hr, max $12 daily, $18 for overnight. Valet parking is also available ($27 daily with in-out privileges). At the Ramada Limited Downtown Vancouver, there is valet parking only ($15 per night) with in/out privileges.


Support from the following is gratefully acknowledged:

  • The National Programme Committee (a joint funding body of the Centre de recherches math matiques, The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, and The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences)
  • Simon Fraser University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Calgary, Department of Mathematics
  • University of Calgary, Dean of Science
  • University of Northern British Columbia

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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