MEDIA RELEASE — July 23, 2019

Canadian Mathematical Society

July 23, 2019


Math Team Canada 2019

OTTAWA, Ontario — Math Team Canada 2019 returns from the 60th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) in Bath, England with one Gold medal, one Silver medal and four Bronze medals. The six team members competed separately, answering six grueling questions in a competition lasting two days, four and a half hours each day. More than 600 high school students competed at the 2019 IMO.

Math Team Canada placed 24th out of 112 countries. The Chair of IMO committee, Jacob Tsimerman says he is “incredibly proud of our team’s brilliant performance.” Tsimerman added: “The IMO is the apex of competitive mathematics at the high school level, and our students have represented our country incredibly well.”

The IMO Team Leader, Matthew Brennan also rejoiced at the results:

“We have had the pleasure of seeing many of these students grow as problem-solvers over a number of years. At this IMO, their growth was awarded — earning them a gold, a silver and four bronze medals. These amazing results are a testament to their abilities and hard work. As many in this talented group go to university next year, we look forward to seeing what further accomplishments await them.”

The team results are as follows:

Victor Rong [Toronto], Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute, Toronto, ON – Gold medal
Howard Halim [Toronto], University of Toronto Schools, Toronto, ON – Silver medal
Thomas Guo [Markham], Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH, USA – Bronze medal
David Tang [Toronto], University of Toronto Schools, Toronto, ON – Bronze medal
Sebastian Jeon [New Jersey], Bergen County Academies, Hackensack, NJ, USA – Bronze medal
William Zhao [Richmond Hill], Richmond Hill High School, Richmond Hill, ON – Bronze medal

The team trained at the University of Waterloo for two weeks prior to leaving for the IMO in the United Kingdom.

The 61st International Mathematical Olympiad will take place next year in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.

About the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO)

The International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) is the world championship high school mathematics competition. The IMO began in 1959 in Romania with seven participating countries. Math Team Canada expects to compete against the world’s best students from over 100 countries in the 61st IMO. Canada has earned 32 gold, 50 silver and 89 bronze medals since first competing in 1981.

Canadian Math team Sponsors

The Canadian Mathematical Society is very grateful to the following sponsors for their support of Math Team Canada 2019: The Casualty Actuarial Foundation; the Society of Actuaries; University of Waterloo; NSERC PromoScience; the McLean Foundation; the S. M. Blair Foundation; the Samuel Beatty Fund; Popular Book Company Ltd.; Centre de recherches mathématiques; the FIELDS Institute; the Government of Alberta; the Government of Manitoba; the Government of New Brunswick; the Government of Nova Scotia; the Government of Nunavut; the Government of Prince Edward Island; the Government of Ontario; the University of Toronto; York University as well as individual donations from members and non-members of CMS.

About the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS)

Founded in 1945, the CMS is the main national organization whose goal is to promote and advance discovery, learning and application of mathematics. The Society’s activities cover the whole spectrum of mathematics including scientific meetings, publications, grants, math camps and national and international mathematics competitions, as well as awards and prizes that recognize outstanding achievements.

For more information on Math Team Canada, please contact:

Dr. Termeh Kousha
Executive Director
Canadian Mathematical Society
Tel: (613) 733-2662
or Prof. Jacob Tsimerman (Toronto)
Chair, International Mathematical Olympiad Committee
Canadian Mathematical Society
Tel: (416) 736-5250