MEDIA RELEASE — January 14, 2014

Canadian Mathematical Society

January 14, 2014


2013 Sun Life Financial Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge Results Released

OTTAWA, Ontario — Four students have received top national honours after competing with thousands of students across Canada in the 2013 Sun Life Financial Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC) – Canada’s premiere national mathematics competition.

The top ranked students in Canada are:

  • Qi Qi, Burnaby North Secondary School (Burnaby, BC) - Canada Gold award
  • Young Suk Choi, St. George's School (Vancouver, BC) - Canada Silver award
  • Zhi Xue Chen, Markville Secondary School (Markham, ON) and Frank Zhu, University Hill Secondary School (Vancouver, BC) - Canada Bronze award
  • This year’s national Gold award winner, Qi Qi, is a grade nine student at Burnaby North Secondary School in Burnaby, British Columbia.

    “While she was in my class she would constantly challenge herself by working on other higher-level math problems that she has found, after completing her assignments of Course,” said Jenny Young, head of the Mathematics department at Burnaby North Secondary. “She is very dedicated and self-motivated in her studies in mathematics.” In addition, eight other outstanding students were named to the national Honour Roll:

  • Letian Chen, Hon. Vincent Massey S. S. (Windsor, ON)
  • Frank Hong, Inspiration Learning Centre (Aurora, ON)
  • Andrei Purcaru, Collège Vanier (Saint-Laurent, QC)
  • Xinyu Shi, Lord Byng S.S. (Vancouver, BC)
  • Xiaoze(Jerry) Wu, Marc Garneau C.I. (Toronto, ON)
  • Rui Zhou Yang, University Hill High School (Vancouver, BC)
  • Gavin Zhang, Sir Winston Churchill S. S. (Vancouver, BC)
  • William Zou, Pierre Elliott Trudeau High School (Markham, ON)
  • A total of 534 other awards were given out in overall and grade-specific divisions at the national, provincial and regional levels; a list of all award-winning students is available at:

    “The goal of the COMC is to encourage students to explore and discover mathematics and problem solving in new ways,” said CMS President, Keith Taylor. “This year’s competition was very challenging and the students who participated should be very proud of their accomplishments.”

    The COMC is the first in a series of mathematics competitions held by the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) that leads to the selection of Math Team Canada – a group of Canada’s top students who participate at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).

    Following the 2013 COMC, 47 students will move directly on to write the more advanced Sun Life Financial Canadian Mathematical Olympiad (CMO). Students who came close to qualifying for the CMO will be invited to write the CMO qualifying Sun Life Financial Repêchage Competition. Students with the highest CMO scores have the opportunity to be selected to attend this year’s IMO, which will be held in Cape Town, South Africa.

    For more information, contact:

    Dr. Robert Woodrow Chair
    CMS COMC Committee
    University of Calgary
    Tel: +1 (403) 220-6325
    or Jessica St-James
    Communications and Special Projects Officer
    Canadian Mathematical Society
    +1 (613) 733-2662 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.