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CMS 75th+1 Anniversary Summer Meeting, Ottawa

 The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMSinvites the mathematical community to the CMS 75th +1 Anniversary Summer Meeting 2021 online from June 7-11. All meeting activities are taking place online. Five days of prize lectures, plenary speakers, scientific sessions and panels, and mini-courses on June 4.

Meeting Program

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Public Lecture

Wednesday June 9th | 17:00 - 18:00 (EST)

University Research Chair in Quantum Information Processing

University of Ottawa   


The apple of my i

What do ultra-secure communications, a longstanding open problem in operator algebra and boson sampling have in common? These are all problems that are solved using quantum techniques.

In this public lecture, we discuss how quantum information is more like apples than oranges, and how this translates to a method for unforgeable money and ultra-secure communications. We then link this to quantum interactive proofs, the study of which have recently led to the unravelling of a 50-year old mathematical puzzle called the Connes embedding problem. Finally, we present boson sampling as the first ever demonstration of a computational advantage of quantum computers over conventional ones.

This public lecture is dedicated to first-year undergraduate students who often ask: “what good is linear algebra?”. My goal is to make this talk accessible to you, and to provide you with some answers to this very good question! 😊

Plenary Speakers
Prize Winners

Alfonso Gracia-Saz

University of Toronto
excellence in teaching

In Memory of Alfonso Gracia-Saz
Wednesday June 9 | 15:00 - 16:00

 For the last 7 years, Alfonso Gracia-Saz worked tirelessly in his course Calculus with Proofs (called “Calculus!”).

It had a huge impact on students, undergraduate and graduate, and professors.
In the talk we will guide you through the story of Calculus! and Alfonso’s development as an educator.

This talk will be by Bernardo Galvao-Sousa (Toronto), and Brian Forrest (Waterloo)


CMS/CMESG Joint Panel : Data Literacy

Panelists: Nat Banting, Kseniya Garaschuk, Minnie Liu, Ryan Lukeman
Moderator: Patrick Reynolds

What are the competencies that people need to access data literacy? What are the implications for the classroom?

Panel Discussion on Supporting Indigenous Students in their transition to University math

Friday June 11 | 12:30 – 14:00 EDT

How can university and high school instructors, administrators, and other stakeholders help to support Indigenous students to success in first-year university mathematics courses? This transition is arguably one of the most difficult in many students’ university careers and outcomes in first year math courses may impact students’ decisions to continue in science or or science-related fields (i.e. professional health programs). In this panel we will hear from some experts in helping Indigenous students to manage this transition. We can discuss specific challenges that Indigenous students might face, as well as ways to help engage them and motivate them in first-year math courses.

Food for thought: mathematics and film

Thursday June 3rd Break

14:30 - 15:00 (EST)

We will discuss diverse aspects of mathematics and film.  Bring examples of films (points for Canadian Content) that you would like to discuss in such topics as

Films with mathematicians as actors (example: “Pretty Maids all in a Row”)
Math/mathematicians portrayed in film (example: “Straw Dogs”)
Stereotypes of math/mathematicians in film, including diversity issues (example: “Hidden Figures”)
Mathematics biopics (example: “The Man Who Knew Infinity”)
Mathematics as plot device (example: “Fermat’s Room”)
Films written by mathematicians (example: “Axiomatic”)
Playful use of mathematics (example: “Drowning By Numbers”)
Math behind the scenes (example: realistic reflection in Pixar’s “Cars”)
Teaching mathematics in film (example: “Stand and Deliver”)
Non-trivial mathematics in film (example: “The Martian”)
Most realistic portrayal of math/mathematicians in film (example: “Proof”)

Prof. Oliver Knill has many links to many relevant movie clips:

Balancing Mathematics and Life in COVID Times

Organized by the CMS Women in Math Committee

Wednesday June 9 | 12:00 - 12:30

Open to All

Due to the Covid crisis, this last year and half has been difficult in many different ways. We have had many challenges, from working at home, often with children out of school, while also caring for and worrying about extended family, to supervising and supporting graduate students on-line. Beyond this, some of us have experienced loss, depression and loneliness. Further, many of us, particularly younger researchers, have had their research and career plans disrupted. 
The goal of this session is to learn more about our members’ experiences and what we need to do to support our community in a equitable manner after this crisis is over.
The CMS Women in Math Committee has organized a brief survey about people’s experience as mathematicians. You can complete the survey here.
In this session we will share the results of our survey and discuss topics that arise from the survey, with a focus on going forward.

Introducing Maple Learn

Friday June 4th | 14:00 - 15:00

Teaching, learning, and doing math online just got easier! Maple Learn is a revolutionary new online environment for math education that combines an intuitive environment with the mathematical power of Maple, the world-leading math software from Maplesoft. And with free entry-level accounts, you and your students can start using Maple Learn right away!

Join us and experience Maple Learn for yourself.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Show the exact level of detail you want in a calculation, from immediate answers to fully worked solutions
  • Graph curves instantly, and watch them change in real-time as you change your expression
  • Parameterize expressions at the click of a button, for easy concept explorations
  • Place plots, text, and math anywhere you wish, putting side calculations beside your main derivation, and generally treating the canvas like you would a piece of paper
  • Share documents with others, even if they don’t have a Maple Learn account

New Journal Launch Event: Maple Transactions

Thursday June 10th | 12:00 - 12:30

Join Editor-in-Chief Rob Corless, Emeritus Distinguished University Professor at Western University, for the official launch of Maple Transactions, a new open access scholarly online journal covering topics of interest to the Maple community. Learn how this journal’s flexible online format, free access for readers and contributors, and mix of refereed papers with opinion pieces, puzzles, a programming column, and more, make it an ideal platform for disseminating high quality expositions related to computer-assisted mathematics for research, applications, and education.

Support Strategies for Math and Stats Students

Friday June 4th | 11:00 - 14:00

Presenters: Dr Ana-Lucia Vargas Sandoval (University of Amsterdam), MSc Paula Beukers (University of Groningen)

Strategies for Supporting Mathematics and Statistics Students in Higher Education

During this 3-hour session, we will share effective strategies from fellow math teachers that help you better engage and support your students. We will be diving into some pedagogical theory, concrete case studies and practical take-aways. Next to this, we will also show you how the Bolster Academy learning tool can help you implement these strategies in your classroom.

Topics we will cover:

  • Mastery based learning
  • Guided discovery
  • Adaptive learning
  • Technical demonstration of the Bolster tool.

After the session, all attendees get free access to Bolster Academy for one semester.

Scientific Directors

Ailana Fraser (University of British Columbia) 

Monica Nevins (University of Ottawa) 

Mateja Šajna (University of Ottawa)   

Scientific Organizing Committee

Benoit Collins


Anita Layton

University of

Kathryn Mann


Robert McCann

University of

Ram Murty