The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) was originally conceived in June 1945 as the Canadian Mathematical Congress. The founding members hoped that" this congress [would] be the beginning of important mathematical development in Canada" . Seeking to end confusion with the quadrennial mathematical congresses, a name change was considered for many years. Finally, upon its incorporation as a non-profit, charitable organization in 1978, a new name was adopted - the Canadian Mathematical Society.
The focus of the CMS is very much on the future - a future in which we will more aggressively reach out to and form new partnerships with the users of mathematics in business, governments and universities, educators in the school and college systems as well as other mathematical associations; and in doing so, share experiences, work on collaborative projects and generally enhance the perception and strengthen the profile of mathematics in Canada.
The goal of the Canadian Mathematical Society is to promote and advance the discovery, learning and application of mathematics.
Statement of Purpose
1. To unify and support Canadian mathematicians through effective communication, broad membership, sponsorship of diverse activities, and partnerships with like professional societies.
2. To support mathematics research through the communication of current research to both the specialist and non-specialist, public recognition of research accomplishments and collaboration with the research institutes, granting agencies and the users of mathematics.
3. To support mathematics education through joint projects with mathematics educators at all levels, promotion of educational advancements, and partnerships with provincial ministries of education and organizations supporting mathematics education.
4. To champion mathematics through initiatives that explain, promote and increase the general understanding of mathematics, provide extracurricular opportunities for students, and encourage partnerships with corporate, government and not-for-profit agencies.
Members of the CMS are multi-faceted. They care about the progress of mathematical research and the direction and development of education programmes in Canada. They search for new and inventive ways to inspire young minds and encourage established scholars. They are policy builders and strategists. They are also decision-makers for departments, faculties and private business.
Individual membership is available at one of three categories. Lifetime memberships are also available. For members residing outside of Canada, fees may vary.
Institutional membership is available at one of four categories, each providing a number of benefits. Institutional membership includes both hard copy and online domain access to the appropriate periodicals.
The CMS is managed by an Executive Committee of six elected members - a President, a Past-President or President-Elect and four vice-presidents representing each of four designated regions in Canada, along with an exofficio Treasurer and Executive Director &Secretary. The Executive reports to the Board of Directors. There is also an extensive committee structure, currently consisting of twelve active committees:
Advancement of Mathematics
Women in Mathematics