MEDIA RELEASE — July 30, 2013

Canadian Mathematical Society

July 30, 2013

Math Team Canada 2013 Wins Olympiad Gold, Silver and Bronze

Canadian high school team turns in world class performance

Front Row: Steven Karp (Trainer), Robert Morewood (Deputy Leader), John Ma, Kevin Sun, Alex Song, Ralph Furmaniak (Leader), Felix Recio (Leader observer) Back Row: Alexander Whatley, Calvin Deng, Daniel Spivak


The The International Mathematical Olympiad is the world championship high school mathematics competition. The 2013 IMO contest was set by an international jury of mathematicians and was written on July 23 and 24. On each day of the contest, three questions had to be solved within a time limit of four and a half hours.

Although students compete individually, country rankings are obtained by adding the team scores. The maximum score for each student is 42 and for a team of six students the maximum is 252. The Canadian team placed 11th out of 97 competing countries with an overall score of 163. The 2013 results bring Canada’s total medal count since 1981 to 25 gold, 46 silver, and 76 bronze.

The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is responsible for the selection, training and overall support of Math Team Canada to the IMO.

Canada’s success at the IMO would not be possible without the assistance of our corporate and provincial sponsors. The CMS gratefully acknowledges the support of the following organizations:

Sunlife Financial

Samuel Beatty Fund

OTTAWA, Ontario – Six Canadian high school students are celebrating their 11th place success upon their return from the 54th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Santa Marta, Colombia. Each student earned a medal for Canada after competing against over 550 students at the world’s most challenging high school level mathematics competition.

Math Team Canada members received their medals at the IMO closing ceremony held on Saturday, July 27. Calvin Deng and Zhuo Qun (Alex) Song were both awarded gold medals, John (Zhiyao) Ma and Daniel Spivak were awarded silver medals and Alexander Whatley and Kevin Sun were awarded bronze medals.

As a result of the medals awarded to the team, Math Team Canada was ranked 11th in the world out of 97 participating countries. Additionally, Calvin Deng’s gold medal earned him a world ranking of 8th place and Zhuo Qun (Alex) Song’s medal earned him a 10th place world ranking.

“Canada has been participating at the IMO since 1981 and has consistently performed well on the international stage,” said Keith Taylor, President of the Canadian Mathematical Society. “The team’s 11th place ranking is an outstanding accomplishment for which the students and the Canadian mathematical community at large should be extremely proud.”

“These young people have indeed risen to the challenge, showing astounding mathematical skill and all winning medals,” said Robert Morewood, Deputy Leader of Math Team Canada 2013 and Chair of the CMS IMO Committee. “They have also represented Canada well to all the other youngsters here from around the world, making many connections, some of which may lead to life-long international friendships.”

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Robert Morewood, Chair
Chair, IMO Committee
Canadian Mathematical Society
or Jessica St-James
Communications and Special Projects Officer
Canadian Mathematical Society
(613) 722-2662 ext. 728

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.