What is the CSSMA?

The CSSMA is a Canada-wide student-led organization. The students who lead it all share a common passion for mathematics, as well as a common desire to improve the current math education system in Canada, but also in other countries around the world. The students who lead it organizes competitions, school events, invite guest speakers, release publications, and develop curricula and other activities to unify mathematical activities, development, and education in Canada, thus preparing Canada's mathematical landscape for the future. We believe that mathematics has the potential to become a subject enjoyed by most, if not all.

What is the mission of the CSSMA?

The goal of the Canadian Secondary School Mathematics Association is to unify the development of mathematics education in Canada across all pre-collegiate levels, and also to enhance the learning, discovery, and applications of mathematics in the classroom and beyond.

What does the CSSMA stand for?

The CSSMA stands for Canadian Secondary School Mathematics Association. Secondary School in our context means all pre-collegiate level students. Association means we are an ordered group of students working towards a common goal. We are a nation-wide math-focused organization---hence, "Canadian" and "Mathematics."

When was the CSSMA founded?

The CSSMA was founded in August 2014 by a group of 5 students who met at a summer math program: Waley Zhang, Andy Lee, Jane Shi, Antonio Lovett, and Lily Zhang. They met with each other after the end of the summer program and sorted out the development of the Vancouver Math Olympiad, the first CSSMA program. Lily Zhang soon resigned her duties. In November 2014, the leadership of the CSSMA was transferred to Waley and Andy, with Jane and Antonio taking a break from duties. In February, Waley was sworn in as the Executive Director of the CSSMA. In May 2015, Andy resigned his Board of Directors position, but he is still involved in organizing CSSMA's events. Also in May 2015, Antonio and Jane re-joined the CSSMA Board of Directors. Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, the CSSMA began holding annual elections to determine its Board of Directors for that school year.

Who is the head of the CSSMA?

The CSSMA is led by the CEO & Chairman of the Board, who is voted in by the other members of the CSSMA Board of Directors after completing a one year leadership training period (this is after being nominated by the previous CEO & Chairman of the Board). The CEO & Chairman of the Board may hold on to his or her position for up to a maximum of 2 terms of 4 years each. The current CEO & Chairman of the Board is Waley Zhang.

How is the CSSMA organized?

The CSSMA is currently headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. The CSSMA Headquarters provides direction and support to its other offices in other cities and towns in Canada. Currently there are CSSMA offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Toronto.

How many staff members does the CSSMA employ?

The CSSMA employs staff for volunteer service (that is, none of its staff receives formal wages). Currently there are more than 120 official CSSMA staff members coming from both Canada and abroad. However, the CSSMA also has a large volunteer force, comprised of classmates and friends of those who are official CSSMA staff.

How is the CSSMA different from the Canadian Math Society (CMS) or the Center for Education in Mathematics and Computer (CEMC)?

The CSSMA differs from the CMS in that the CSSMA has a large scale educational goal. The CSSMA is not directly involved with mathematical research or careers in mathematics. However, the CSSMA is heavily involved in mathematical education and enrichment, particularly for students less than or equal to the age of 20. The CSSMA differs from the CEMC in that the CSSMA is not directly affiliated with any one particular university, and that the CSSMA does not directly offer workshops and other training for adult math teachers and lecturers. The CSSMA aims to improve mathematical education directly through the education system and the curriculum involved.

What are the roles of sponsor adults in CSSMA?

Adults generally help out around with the CSSMA, such as helping to make sure that plans for educational programs and events are executed smoothly. Adult sponsors also help the CSSMA conduct some legal business such as signing official documents, as well as providing valuable advice on how to run programs. The CSSMA also employs the help of adults to help spread the word of its programs in the teachers' community. However, the majority of the work, including the design of all of the CSSMA programs and the general run-down of all of its events, are done by students. Students are also the ones meeting with bureaucrats and administrators for official ventures.

How does the CSSMA reach out to its audience?

The CSSMA reaches out to the student population mainly through social media, emails, and through teacher-to-student communication. The CSSMA reaches out to teachers through emails, as well as through face-to-face meetings between CSSMA staff members and teachers. The CSSMA reaches out to parents and all other members of the community through public postings, this website (www.cssma.ca), as well as students and teachers themselves.

Who monitors or oversees the CSSMA?

The decisions of the CSSMA are regularly reviewed and scrutinized by sponsor teachers and adult supervisors, who supervise all of our programs and events and ensure that all processes and procedures are completed smoothly. Our sponsor teachers are responsible for making sure that the CSSMA is accomplishing the educational goals it states to aim to accomplish, as well as making sure that the budget of the CSSMA is completely divided up towards the pursuit of its goals.

What type of organization is the CSSMA?

The CSSMA is a federally registered Not-For-Profit organization. Its officially registered corporation number is 930781-8.