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CMS Winter 2006 Meeting
Host: University of Toronto
Sheraton Centre
Toronto, Ontario
December 9 - 11, 2006

On behalf of the University of Toronto, the Department of Mathematics invites the mathematical community to the Winter 2006 Meeting of the Canadian Mathematical Society.

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

All activities and scientific talks will be held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto, located at the intersection of Queen and York Street.

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 September 2006 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 7
Development Group Luncheon: Friday, December 8
Board of Directors Meeting: Friday, December 8

  Social Events

Schedule - Social Events

The CMS will be holding the following social events:
Welcoming Reception: Friday, December 8
Participants' Social: Saturday, December 9
Banquet: Sunday, December 10

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

  Related Activities

Connecting Women in Mathematics Across Canada - a workshop to be held December 7-8 at the Fields Institute

"Success in an Academic Environment: What I Wish I Had Known as a Student"  

This panel discussion will be held on Saturday, December 9, 1:00 - 1:45 PM (during the lunch break). The panelists will be Professors and Postdoctoral fellows, who will give advice and answer student questions on a variety of topics. This event is for all interested students - both graduates and undergraduates.

Mathematics and Border Security

Richard Hoshino, Canada Border Services Agency

Sunday, December 10, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Conference Room B

This presentation is predominantly geared towards high school, undergraduate and graduate students, but all meeting participants are welcome to attend.

Over 90 percent of all world trade is transported in marine cargo containers moving from port to port. Here in Canada, approximately 1.8 million marine containers arrive at our ports each year, and represent a significant portion of our economy.

While the grand majority of commercial shipments are perfectly legitimate, these marine containers are used by criminals and terrorists to transport drugs and weapons into Canada. In our post-9/11 world, we must be extremely careful to secure the global supply chain, and prevent contraband from entering our country. Many security experts predict that the next major terrorist attack will occur after a nuclear weapon is successfully smuggled in a marine container, and blown up on North American soil.

At the Canada Border Services Agency, we use an automated commercial risk-assessment system to identify and inspect the highest-risk containers. In this presentation, we discuss how mathematics is used to improve the effectiveness of CBSA's risk-scoring algorithm, to accurately identify the containers that pose a threat to our country. This is just one of the many examples where mathematics plays a critical role in improving Canada's economy and our national security. 


Exhibits will be open from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday in the registration area.
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 registration area. A representative will be available from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm to answer questions about membership, publications, and other programs.

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, 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 15, 2006 at The organizers appreciate the cooperation of all speakers in observing this important deadline.


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

Registration fees are given in Canadian dollars. Payment may be made by cheque (Canadian or US dollars), or by VISA or MasterCard. To qualify for the reduced rate, payment must be received in Ottawa by November 5; for the registration to be processed before the meeting, payment must be received by November 26. Receipts will be provided at the meeting.

  Reduced rate Regular rate
Prize Lecturer (includes 2 banquet tickets) $ 0 $ 0
Plenary and Public Lecturer (includes 1 banquet ticket) $ 0 $ 0
Member CMS/AMS/MAA $ 235 $ 305
Non-Member (includes CMS Membership) $ 385 $ 455
Session Organizer/Speaker $ 235 $ 305
Postdoc $ 130 $ 170
Teacher (K-12, CEGEP, College) $ 95 $ 125
Retired $ 95 $ 125
Student $ 75 $ 95
Unemployed $ 95 $ 125
One-day fee (available onsite only) n/a $ 175
Banquet $ 60 $ 60

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

  Advantages to Pre-Registration

  • reduced fees for early registration until November 5
  • 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

  Refund Policy

Participants wishing to cancel their registration must notify the CMS Executive Office in writing by November 26 to receive a refund less a $40 processing fee. Those whose contributed paper has not been accepted will upon request be fully refunded.


The hotels listed below are offering rooms at a reduced group rate during the conference as well as 3 days prior and 3 days after the conference. To be eligible for the reduced room rates, participants must make their reservations before the date indicated, quoting the group code. Reservations made after the deadline will be on a space available basis and the group rate may no longer apply.

Rates are per room per night and are quoted in Canadian dollars. Reservations must be guaranteed by a one-night deposit or a major credit card. It is recommended to clarify payment and cancellation policies when making the reservation, as these vary from hotel to hotel.
Additional information regarding accommodation choices will be posted as it becomes available.

Sheraton Centre Toronto
Booking deadline: November 15, 2006
Group code: Canadian Mathematical Society
Online Registration
123 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2M9
Phone 416-361-1000 (main), 416-947-4955 (reservations)
Fax 416-947-4854
Single/Double- $139.00, Club - $199.00
$30.00 per night for each additional person, maximum occupancy per room is 4 people.
Applicable taxes: 6% GST (refundable to non-residents of Canada), 5% Provincial Room Tax, 3% Destination Marketing Fee (DMF is subject to 6%GST).
Children under 18 may stay for free in their parent's room using existing bedding.
$33.00 per day, includes in/out privileges, valet parking only
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 1:00 pm

Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre
Booking deadline: November 15, 2006
Group code: MATO
Online Registration
525 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2L2
Phone: 416-597-9200 (main), 800-905-0667 (reservations)
Fax: 416-597-9211
Single/Double - $99.00
$20.00 per night for each additional person, maximum occupancy per room is 4 people.
Applicable taxes: 6% GST (refundable to non-residents of Canada), 5% Provincial Room Tax, 3% Destination Marketing Fee.
Children under 12 stay for free in their parent's room.
Overnight guests:
- Self-Parking: $19.00 (reduced rate from check-in until 4pm next day)
- Valet Parking: $24.00 (from check-in until 4pm next day)
Self-Parking and Valet Parking for our overnight guests include in and out privileges.
- Self Parking: $2.50 per half hour or less; $ 6.00 maximum (5:00 PM - 4:00 AM); $13.00 maximum (7:00 AM - 7:00 PM), $19.00 daily maximum
- Valet Parking: $6.00 per hour, $24.00 daily maximum
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 12:00 pm

  Child Care

The Sheraton Hotel and the Marriott Hotel do not offer in-house child care; the Front desk or the Concierge will assist in finding child care providers nearby. Advance research and arrangements are recommended.


The Canadian Mathematic Society and Envoy Cooperative are proud to offer a new online travel portal. For easy booking you can search and confirm flights and accommodations. Use the helpful links in the travel portal to make the meeting more enjoyable.

A taxi fare from the airport to downtown costs approximately $45.00-55.00.
Airport Shuttle Express: one-way - $16.00 (plus taxes).

Detailed information regarding the University of Toronto, the city of Toronto, and the Province of Ontario, 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 15, 2006 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 as it becomes available.

  • le Centre de Recherches Mathématiques
  • The Fields Institute
  • Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences
  • University of Toronto
    • Department of Mathematics
    • Department of Mathematical and Computational Sciences, UTM
    • Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, UTSC
    • Faculty of Arts and Science
    • Office of the Vice-President, Research
    • Office of the Vice-Principal, Research, UTM
The Canadian Mathematical Society wishes to acknowledge the contributions of the Meeting Committee.


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