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CMS Winter 2005 Meeting
Host: University of Victoria
Victoria Conference Centre
Victoria, British Columbia
December 10 - 12, 2005

On behalf of the University of Victoria, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics invites the mathematical community to the Winter 2005 Meeting of the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS).

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

All activities and scientific talks will be held at the Victoria Conference Centre and the Empress Hotel.

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

Registration forms appear in the February 2005 issue of the CMS Notes, and are available on this web site, which also provides an on-line form for submission of abstracts.

  Prizes and Awards

  Plenary Speakers


  Contributed Papers Session

  Business Meetings

Schedule - Business Meetings

The CMS will be holding the following business meetings:
Executive Committee Meeting: Thursday, December 8
Development Group Luncheon: Friday, December 9
Board of Directors Meeting: Friday, December 9

  Social Events

Schedule - Social Events

The CMS will be holding the following social events:
Welcoming Reception: Friday, December 9
Participants' Social: Saturday, December 10
Banquet: Sunday, December 11
Complimentary coffee and juice will be available during the scheduled breaks.

  Related Activities

The CMS Committee on Women in Mathematics is inviting all mathematicians attending the CMS Winter Meeting to an open Lunch Meeting of the Committee, to be held on Saturday, December 10th, 2005 at 12:30 PM at Millos Restaurant. There will be a panel discussion at the luncheon on mentoring new faculty and graduate students. Please contact Judith McDonald to confirm your attendance.

The CMS Student Committee cordially invites participating students to come to "The Sticky Wicket" on Friday, December 9 at 9:00 PM.  The Pub is located in the Strathcona Hotel, 919 Douglas Street, Victoria.

  Exhibitors and Advertisers

Exhibitors will showcase their products from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM on December 10 and 11 in the Foyer of the Victoria Conference Centre.

The Joint 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.

We invite participants to visit the CMS Membership Booth and Book Display, located in the Foyer of the Victoria Conference Centre. A representative will be available from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM on December 10 and 11, and from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM on December 12 to answer questions about membership, publications, and other programs.

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

All announcements require prior approval. Once approved, the participant may display up to 100 copies of the announcement. The participant is responsible for providing all copies for display and for removing any remaining copies before 3:00 PM 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.

Information for exhibitors: Invitation to Exhibit and Contract, Customs Exemption Letter, Floor Plan, or contact the Meeting Coordinator at

  Submission of Abstracts

For abstracts of talks to be published on-line and in the meeting programme, they have to be submitted by October 10, 2005, using the on-line form. The organizers appreciate the cooperation of all speakers in observing this important deadline.

Abstracts for contributed papers can be sent to The email should contain the speaker's name, affiliation, email address, the Primary AMS Classification (, title of talk and abstract (using LaTeX coding if possible).


Electronic Registration

The registration form is also available from:

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

Payment 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 by October 31 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. Receipts will be provided at the meeting.

Reduced rate Regular rate
Plenary/Prize/Public Lecturers $ 0 $ 0
Organizers $ 200   $ 265  
Session Speakers $ 225   $ 295  
Non-Members (fee includes CMS Membership) $ 373   $ 443  
Members CMS/AMS/MAA $ 225   $ 295  
One-day fee (on site only) n/a $ 195  
Postdocs/Students/Retired/Unemployed $ 100   $ 130  
Teachers (K-12, CEGEP, College) $ 100   $ 130  
Banquet (free for plenary/prize lecturers) $ 60   $ 60  

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

  Why Pre-register?

Some of the advantages to pre-registering are:

  • reduced fees for early registration before November 1
  • your name appears on the list of participants on the meeting web site
  • your Meeting Package is 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.

  Refund Policy

Participants wishing to cancel their registration must notify the CMS Executive Office in writing by 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?

Participants registering in the Non-Member category will automatically receive a free one-year 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 the date indicated. 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.

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 as it becomes available.

Fairmont Empress

Booking deadline: November 8, 2005
Hotel code : MATHS, Promo code : GRCMS1
Online Registration
721 Government Street, Victoria, BC, Canada V8W 1W5
Applicable taxes: 7% GST, 10% PST,
Phone: 250-384-8111, toll free: 1-800-866-5577
Fax: 250-389-2747
Parking: $22.00 per night for self-parking (passes available at front desk), $25.00 per night for valet parking
Rates (single or double occupancy):
Fairmont Room - $125.00, Fairmont Deluxe - $165.00, Deluxe Harbourview - $205.00
Suites from $225.00, 10 Moderate rooms - $80.00
$30.00 per night for each additional person, maximum occupancy per room is 4 people
No charge for children up to age 18 who share with their parents, reduced meal rates for children.

Executive House Hotel

Booking deadline: November 6, 2005
Group code: Canadian Mathematical Society
777 Douglas Street, Victoria, BC, Canada V8W 2B5
Applicable taxes: 7% GST, 10% PST
Phone: 250-388-5111; toll-free 1-800-663-7001
Fax: 250-385-1323
Parking: $2.00 per night, subject to availability
Rates (single or double occupancy):
Guest Rooms - $75.00, One Bedroom Suites - $90.00
$15.00 per night for each additional person, no charge for children up to age 16 who share with their parents.

  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.


AKAL Airport Shuttle ( is providing a shuttle service from the airport to downtown every ½ hour during the day and after every flight arrival at night. The ticket booth is located right outside the arrival area. Pick-up at the hotel is available by reservation only and can be arranged through the hotel front desk. For further information contact AKAL Airport Shuttle at (250) 386-2525.
Please mention you are attending the CMS Meeting to take advantage of the special group rate of $10.00 per person each way. This rate applies whenever at least 3 meeting participants are utilizing the shuttle at the same time. The regular fare is $15.00.

A taxi fare from the airport to downtown costs approximately $45.00.

Budget Rent-A-Car of Victoria Ltd. ( can supply cars, trucks, passenger vans and luxury vehicles at special Conference rates. Their offices are located in the airport arrival hall and at 757 Douglas St. (across from the Victoria Conference Centre). For more information contact Budget at phone (250) 953-5300, fax (250) 953-5250, or e-mail

Detailed information regarding the University of Victoria, the city of Victoria, and the Province of British Columbia, including tourism information, local weather and climate, site and street maps, and itineraries for self-guided tours, are available at the following websites:

  Graduate Student Support

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, 2005 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.


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

  • Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Victoria
  • Le Centre de Recherches Mathématiques
  • The Fields Institute
  • Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences
  • Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Simon Fraser University
  • Department of Mathematics, University of British Columbia
  • Faculty of Science, University of British Columbia
  • Faculty of Science, University of Victoria
  • Faculty of Engineering, University of Victoria
  • Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Victoria

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


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