MEDIA RELEASE — July 12, 2010

Canadian Mathematical Society
Sun Life Financial

July 12, 2010
Sun Life Financial


Student Math Excellence Recognized Across Canada

OTTAWA, Ontario — In November 2009, 8,400 students from across Canada and abroad competed for top honours in the 2009 Sun Life Financial Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC). Nine students earned top honours, sixteen students were named provincial winners, and almost 140 other students were awarded medals.


The top nine contestants in the 2009 COMC are:

  • Ram Bhaskar, Indus Centre for Academic Excellence (ICAE), Troy, MI
  • Brian Bi, Woburn Collegiate Institute, Scarborough, ON
  • Robin Cheng, Pinetree Secondary School, Coquitlam, BC
  • Calvin Deng, Enloe High School, Raleigh, NC
  • James Duyck, Vincent Massey Secondary School, Windsor, ON
  • Jun Hou Fung, Canadian International School Aberdeen, Hong Kong
  • Fang Guo, Richmond Hill High School, Richmond Hill, ON
  • Zhi Qiang Liu, Don Mills Collegiate Institute, North York, ON
  • Alex Song, Vincent Massey Secondary School, Windsor, ON

For outstanding performance in the COMC, the 2009 Provincial Winners are:

  • Alberta: Soroosh Hemmati, Western Canada High School, Calgary
  • British Columbia: Robin Cheng, Pinetree Secondary School, Coquitlam
  • Manitoba: Albert Liao, St. John’s-Ravenscourt School, Winnipeg
  • New Brunswick: Xi Zhang, Saint John High School, Saint John
  • Newfoundland: Jordan Anstey, New World Island Academy, Summerford and Jason Legrow, Holy Heart of Mary Regional High School, St. John’s
  • Nova Scotia: Saba Balvardi, Halifax West High School, Halifax
  • Ontario Central: Fan Guo, Richmond Hill High School, Richmond Hill
  • Ontario East: James Rickards, Colonel By Secondary School, Gloucester
  • Ontario Metro: Brian Bi, Woburn Collegiate Institute, Scarborough
  • Ontario North: Matthew Hyndman, Central Algoma Secondary School, Desbarats
  • Ontario West: James Duyck, Vincent Massey Secondary School, Windsor
  • Prince Edward Island: Kuan-Ting Chen, Colonel Gray Sr. High School, Charlottetown
  • Quebec: Jean-Benoit Chasles, College Jean de Brebeuf, Montreal and Shen Li, Marianopolis College, Westmount
  • Saskatchewan: Ivan Vendrov, Saskatoon
  • International: Jun Hou Fung, Canadian International School of Hong Kong

Complete COMC results and all award winners can be found here

The Sun Life Financial COMC is organized and administered by the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) in collaboration with the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (University of Waterloo).

“Sun Life Financial is proud to support excellence in mathematics through the Canadian Mathematical Society, an organization we have supported for over 60 years,” said Kevin Dougherty, President, Sun Life Financial Canada. “Congratulations to the students who competed and those who received provincial and national awards.”

“The COMC is the premier national mathematics competition that is open to anyone with an interest in mathematics” said Anthony To-Ming Lau, President, CMS. “The competition is specifically designed so that students at all levels across Canada can find interesting challenges. And the skills that these students are developing will help them throughout their careers.”

“The Sun Life Financial COMC provides students with a unique opportunity to discover, learn, and apply mathematics, and more importantly, to fuel an interest that is critical to our future.” noted Ian VanderBurg, Chair, COMC. “Today, mathematics is more important than ever to help sustain our individual and national success.”

The competition is one in a series of CMS competitions leading to the selection of the Canadian student team to compete in the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). The purpose of the COMC is to encourage students to explore, discover, and learn more about mathematics and problem solving.

For more information, please contact:

Johan Rudnick
Executive Director
Canadian Mathematical Society
Tel: (613) 733-2662
or Ian VanderBurgh
Director, CEMC
University of Waterloo
Tel: (519) 888-4567 ext. 32358

About the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS)

The CMS is the main national organization whose goal is to promote and advance the discovery, learning, and application of mathematics. The Society's activities cover the whole spectrum of mathematics including: scientific meetings, research publications, and the promotion of excellence in mathematics education at all levels. The CMS annually sponsors mathematics competitions that recognize outstanding student achievements.