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 The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMSinvites the mathematical community to the 2019 CMS Winter Meeting in Toronto, Ontario from December 6-9. All meeting activities are taking place at the Chelsea Hotel. Four days of awards, mini courses, prize lectures, plenary speakers, and scientific sessions. 


Winter Meeting Program

Winter Meeting Poster



Early Bird Registration ends October 31st. Registration closes November 15
NEW: You are now required to register for the meeting before you can submit an abstract.

Abstract Submission

CMS invites all speakers to submit an abstract for their session or contributed paper.
New: You are now required to register for the meeting before you can submit an abstract.

Student Funding

Grants are available to partially fund the travel and accommodation costs for bona fide graduate students who are CMS Members at a Canadian or other university

Public Lecture

FRIDAY DECEMBER 6TH | 4:30pm - 5:30pm

Complimentary Admission

Chelsea Hotel, Mountbatten Salon

33 Gerrard St W, Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4


Puzzles in the Patterns of Plagues

Over the last century, there has been tremendous progress in understanding the transmission of infectious diseases in human populations.  However, most historical outbreaks have not been studied in detail because data that might permit such investigations are buried in thousands of handwritten records.  In recent years, my research group has digitized a large number of these historical records and begun to dissect the epidemic patterns.  Modern computers allow us to visualize these patterns, and mathematical methods are helping us unravel the biological mechanisms that gave rise to the outbreaks.  I will discuss our ongoing work, focussing primarily on outbreaks of plague, from the Black Death in the 14th century to the Great Plague of London in the 17th century.

Balinese Gamelan Musical Ensemble

FRIDAY DECEMBER 6TH | 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Following the public lecture

Balinese Gamelan (semara dana) is a percussion dominated musical ensemble from the island of Bali, Indonesia. Since the music comes from an aural/oral tradition, repertoire—from ritual pieces to modern compositions, instrumental or dance—is learned and played without the use of sheet music. Students experience a communal process of creating a unified sound on the Balinese gamelan.  Instruments include bronze gongs, metallophones, cymbals, and a time-beater. 

Balinese Gamelan music is performed in cycle, or in musical terms, ostinato.   Usually the music will repeat over and over, until the drummer gives a signer to end the performance.  Often the music is performed in interlocking style.  Musicians need to use a mallet in one hand, and dampen the sound immediately afterwards with the other hand which requires great dexterity. 

The University of Waterloo’s Balinese Gamelan was founded in Fall of 2013, by Professor Maisie Sum and Artist-in-Residence I Dewa Made Suparta.  Our beautiful hand carved instruments come from the island of Bali.  After the concert, you will have a chance to see the instruments close up. 

Equity and Diversity in Mathematics Luncheon

SATURDAY DECEMBER 7TH | 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Churchill Ballroom

Over lunch, network with peers and like-minded individuals about equity and diversity in the mathematical and academic community.

As part of this lunch, there will be a moderated panel discussion. Members of the panel are professors from different fields of mathematics including: 

  • Gerda DeVries (Alberta)
  • Susan Gerofsky (UBC)
  • Anna Krokhine (University of Toronto Schools)
  • Sarah Mayes-Tang (Toronto)
  • Georges Monette (York)
  • Sarah Plosker (Brandon)

We hope you will join us for this important and timely event. All genders welcome. Complimentary lunch provided.

This event is generously funded by Professor Catherine Mavriplis from the University of Ottawa in her role as NSERC Chair for Women in Science and

If you wish to submit a question to the panel, you may do so here.

LGBTQ+ Lunchtime Discussion

SUNDAY DECEMBER 8TH | 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Churchill Ballroom

The LGBTQ+ Lunchtime Discussion is an occasion to socialize in an accepting and supporting environment. After opening remarks by the CMS Executive Director Termeh Kousha, and by Anthony Bonato, the floor will open to questions and comments, creating a space to share stories, pass on ideas and build an inclusive community  (examples of topics: coming out as an employee, co-worker, and instructor, name changes and researcher identity, expressing pride). Anonymous questions can be submitted. Snacks and refreshments provided.

Interested participants and their allies can find more resources about LGBTQ+ equity at a table in the exhibition hall.

Plenary Speakers

Maria Chudnovsky


Sarah Mayes-Tang

University of

Antonio Montalban

The University of California, Berkeley

Kirsten Morris

University of

Malabika Pramanik

University of
British Columbia

Lauren K. Williams


Prize Speakers

Tiina Hohn

MacEwan University

Dr. Mikhail Karpukhin

University of
California, Irvine

Dr. Jacob Tsimerman

University of Toronto

Scientific Directors

Jane Heffernan (York University)

Patrick Ingram (York Univeristy) 

Scientific Organizing Committee

Anthony Bonato (Ryerson University)

Amenda Chow (York University)

Liam Watson (University of British Columbia)

Matilde Lalin (Université de Montréal)

Dong Liang (York University)

Mary Pugh (University of Toronto)

Paul Skoufranis (York University)


Register Early
Will you be there?

Registration opens September 2019.