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The CMS Winter 2004 Meeting
McGill University
Montreal, Quebec
December 11-13, 2004

On behalf of McGill University, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics invites the mathematical community to the Winter 2004 Meeting of the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS).

We look forward to welcoming our colleagues back to Montreal where the first Canadian Mathematical Congress took place in 1945. Among the international participants in 1945 were Garrett Birkhoff, Claude Chevalley, and John von Neumann; among the Canadian participants were John Coleman, H. S. M. Coxeter, Israel Halperin, Joachim Lambek, Nathan Mendelsohn, Louis Nirenberg, Adrien Pouliot, G. de B. Robinson, Albert Tucker. In 1979 the Congress was incorporated as the Canadian Mathematical Society.

Following the usual format of the CMS Winter Meeting, the program will include a wide variety of sessions, a contributed paper session, plenary and prize lectures, and a public lecture.

Most activities and all scientific talks will be held at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel. The activities of the evening of Friday, December 10, will be held at the nearby Best Western Hotel Europa. The most up-to-date information concerning the program, including detailed schedules, will be made available at this web site.

Meeting registration forms and hotel accommodation forms appear in the September 2004 issue of the CMS Notes, and are available on the web site, which will also provide on-line forms for registration and submission of abstracts.

Business Meetings

The CMS will be holding the following business meetings:

The CMS Executive Committee Meeting will be on Thursday, December 9, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., in the Frontenac Room of the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel.

The Development Group Luncheon will be held on Friday, December 10, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the Castillon Room of the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel.

The CMS Board of Directors Meeting will be held on Friday, December 10, from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., in the Westmount Room of the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel.

Additional information will be provided in later announcements and on the CMS website. A detailed schedule of business meetings and other events is available from the schedule page of the meeting web site.

Social Events

The Welcoming Reception will be held on Friday, December 10, from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m., at the Best Western Hotel Europa (1240 rue Drummond, corner of Ste-Catherine).

The Banquet will take place in the Outremont Room at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel on Sunday, December 12, commencing at 7:00 pm, preceded by a cash bar at 6:00 p.m. Tickets to this event are available at $60.00 each.

The Participants Luncheon will be held on Saturday, December 11, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel. A ticket to this luncheon is included in all registration fee categories.

The CMS Committee for Women in Mathematics is inviting all women mathematicians attending the CMS Winter Meeting to an open Lunch Meeting of the Committee, to be held on Sunday, December 12th, 2004 at 11:30 a.m. in the St. Pierre Room at the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss preparations for the second CWiMAC workshop, to be held in summer 2005 at BIRS, and future directions for the work of the Committee.

The first open lunch meeting of the Committee or Women in Mathematics was held at the CMS 2003 Winter Meeting. The Committee and those attending the luncheon, found the experience quite valuable, and it was decided that such a lunch meeting will became an annual event. The Committee would like to thank the CMS and Leah Edelstein-Keshet (UBC) for their sponsorship of this luncheon. Additional sponsors are sought for future Winter Meeting luncheons.

Complimentary coffee and juice will be available during the scheduled breaks.

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


Exhibits: Exhibits will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on December 11 and 12 in the Fontaine A Room of the Hilton Bonaventure Hotel.

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 participants to visit the CMS Membership Booth and Book Display. A representative will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on December 11 and 12 and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on December 13 to answer questions about membership, future meetings, publications, and other programs. The booth is located in the registration area.

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

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 and announcements of events competing in time or place with the meeting program are not permitted.

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

Submission of Abstracts

Abstracts of talks will be published on-line and in the meeting programme.

Speakers are asked to submit their abstracts as soon as possible. The deadline for submission of abstracts is October 10, 2004. The organizers appreciate the cooperation of all speakers in observing this important deadline.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically, either by using the on-line form or by sending a file to

The subject line should contain the session name; the body of the email should contain the speaker's name, affiliation, email address, title of talk and abstract, using LaTeX coding, if possible.

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


Electronic pre-registration

The registration form is also available from:

CMS Executive Office
577 King Edward, Suite 109
Ottawa, Ontario CANADA K1N 6N5
Tel: 613-562-5702
Fax: 613-565-1539

Payment for pre-registration may be made by cheque, or by VISA or MasterCard. Although registration fees are given in Canadian dollars, participants 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 30.


Before November 1

After November 1

Plenary/Prize/Public Lecturers

$ 0

$ 0

Session Speakers

$ 225.00

$ 290.00


$ 150.00

$ 195.00


$ 450.00

$ 585.00

CMS/AMS/MAA Members with grants

$ 300.00

$ 390.00

CMS/AMS/MAA Members without grants

$ 150.00

$ 195.00

One-day fee

$ 200.00

$ 260.00


$ 115.00

$ 150.00

Teachers (K-12, CEGEP)/Students/Unemployed

$ 60.00

$ 80.00

Participants Luncheon included

$ 0

$ 0

Banquet (free for plenary/prize lecturers)

$ 60.00

$ 60.00

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

Why Pre-register?

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 pre-register, whether it be before or after the early registration deadline. If you'd like to pre-register and enjoy the above benefits, please visit our web site to use our online forms.

Refund Policy

Participants wishing to cancel their registration must notify the CMS Executive Office in writing before November 30 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 bookings be made early in order to avoid disappointment. All participants must make their own reservations. Blocks of rooms will be held at the locations given below until November 8, 2004. Reservations made after this date will be on a space available basis. Rates are per room per night and are quoted in Canadian dollars. The conference rate is usually available up to three days before and after the meeting; please quote the Group code. Reservations must be guaranteed by a one-night deposit or a major credit card.

Hilton Bonaventure Hotel

900 Rue de La Gauchetière Ouest, Montréal, QC H5A 1E4
Applicable taxes: 7% GST, 7.5% PST, $2.00 occupancy tax per room night
Group code: Canadian Mathematical Society
Phone: (514) 878 2332, toll free: 1 800 445-8667
Fax: (514) 878-3881

Parking: $15.00 per day, $22.00 per day for Valet parking


$135.00   Regular deluxe room, single or double occupancy
$20.00 each additional adult
$159.00 Executive floor rooms (access to lounge), single occupancy
$189.00 Executive floor rooms (access to lounge), double occupancy

There is no charge for children, 18 and under, when they occupy the same room as their parents or grandparents.

Best Western Hotel Europa

1240 Rue Drummond, Montréal, QC H3G 1V7
corner of Ste-Catherine, 10 minutes walk to Hilton Bonaventure Hotel
Applicable taxes: 7% GST, 7.5% PST, 2.31% tourism tax
Group code: 161285 or Canadian Mathematical Society
Phone: (514) 866-6492; toll-free 1 800 361-3000 (after 5th ring call is routed to the Best Western Head Office and regular rates might apply)
Fax: (514) 861-4089
Parking: $17.00 per day with in/out privilege, $20.00 for minivans


$99.00 Queen bed, single or double occupancy
$10.00 each additional person
Complimentary use of health spa.

Children under 12 stay for free when they occupy the same room as their parents.

McGill Residence

3625 Avenue du Parc, Montréal, QC H2X 3P8
Applicable taxes: 7 % GST, 7.5% PST
Phone: (514) 398-3471
Fax: (514) 398-4521
Parking: $8.00 overnight (4:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m.) or $15.00 for 24 hours, tickets available at the front desk


$94.55   Single and double occupancy
$10.00   each additional person
Complimentary continental breakfast for 2 included
$4.00 for each additional continental breakfast
no cheques accepted

When making your reservation, please clarify payment and cancellation policies as these vary from hotel to hotel. You should get a confirmation number for future reference.

Additional information regarding accommodation choices will be posted to the meeting web site as it becomes available.

Child Care

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

Please contact the hotels directly to make enquiries. Additional information will be posted to the meeting web site as it becomes available.


Detailed information regarding McGill University, the City of Montreal, and the Province of Quebec, including tourism information, local weather and climate, site and street maps, and itineraries for self-guided tours, are available at the following websites:

Travel Grants

Limited funds are available to partially fund the travel and accommodation costs for bona fide graduate students at a Canadian or other university. Preference is given to Canadian students. To apply for this funding, applicants should submit a letter written by their supervisor or departmental graduate advisor, providing the following: name of student, area of study and level, how the student will benefit from the meeting, whether or not the student be speaking, and what support is available from other sources.

This letter should be sent before October 10, 2004 and 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 after the meeting and upon completion and submission of the standard Travel Expense Claim Form, along with appropriate original receipts.

For more information, please contact the Meeting Committee at


Support from the following is gratefully acknowledged. Additional information regarding support for this meeting will be posted to the meeting web site as it becomes available.

  • McGill University, Provost

  • McGill University, Dean of Science

  • McGill University, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

  • Centre de recherches mathématiques

  • CRM, Analysis Laboratory

  • The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences


  • Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences

The Canadian Mathematical Society wishes to acknowledge the contributions of the Meeting Committee.


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