CUMC 2014 - Carleton University

2nd - 5th July


Boat Cruise

For CUMC 2014, Carleton University is extremely excited to be teaming up with Capital Cruises to end our fantastic conference with an even better end; celebrating on a 3 floor charter cruise equipped with a dance floor, our own DJ, and full service bars with dinner served at self-serve food stations. On July 5th, after the last round of talks, we will convene at 6pm and bus as a group to Jacques Cartier Park, where we will board the Empress of Ottawa.

We're pleased to offer a meal as spectacular as the final event. We made steps to ensure that all chicken served is Halal and that there is a vegan main at the hot food station.


For CUMC 2014, we are extremely excited to be teaming up with Camp Fortune in offering an opt-in event for Thursday, July 3rd, to go zip-lining at Ottawa/Gatineau's premiere aerial park. The fee is $25, and payment includes the bus there and back as well as the participation in a custom designed course which includes two zones and ziplines. If you're unsure or not sold yet, here is a taste of what the view and experience will be like:

To accommodate the large number of people we are expecting, groups will be formed of up to 25 people and rotated. For any information you may have, please contact Logistics if they are matters regarding CUMC or visit and use the contact information underneath Aerial Experience/Ziplining.

Career Fair

This year CUMC is introducing an exciting new element to the conference. We are going to be hosting a two-hour Career fair on Friday afternoon. At the career fair students will be able interact with representatives from various graduate schools and employers across Canada.

The study of mathematics can be captivating and it is sometimes difficult to turn your attention anywhere else. Given this, it is important for talented undergraduate students to sometimes take a step back and ask them selves "what's next?". Where can a degree in mathematics take you? If you are planning to go to graduate school or if you are planning to get out into the workforce, the Career Fair can help you answer questions you might have. With representatives from graduate schools across Canada aspiring students wishing to take this route will have a great time to interact with these schools and see where they might like to apply. Employers from exciting areas like cryptography/intelligence and Modeling/Data Mining will also be around for students interested in getting out to the job market. Are you unsure what you might want to do next? Then the career fair can also help you get insight into which path you might take as you move towards graduation.

Women in Math Dinner

Since the introduction of this event in 2010, it has been a tradition to hold a Women in Math Dinner. This year, the theme is “Experiences of Women in Mathematics” and the event will feature a group of panelists that have successful careers in both academia and other male-dominated professions. The event will begin with a discussion group, taking place in the River Building Atrium, and will be followed by a dinner for all participants. The discussion group will include an opportunity for panelists and participants to share their experiences and discuss other topics relevant to women in mathematics. The idea is to promote a conversation between participants and panelists, so questions are encouraged!

This event aims to raise awareness of challenges faced by women, allowing participants to gain insights from the panelists' experiences to help pave the way to a better future. Please note that all genders are encouraged to join us as we believe all attendees will benefit from these discussions.


Anne Broadbent

Anne Broadbent is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics of the University of Ottawa, where she holds the University Research Chair in Quantum Information Processing.

She holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo (Co-op, with a major in Combinatorics and Optimization, and a minor in Computer Science). As a graduate student, she worked at the Université de Montréal under the supervision of Gilles Brassard and Alain Tapp, earning both an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. Dr. Broadbent then returned to the University of Waterloo where she held NSERC and CIFAR postdoctoral fellowships at the Institute for Quantum Computing.

Dr. Broadbent’s work is in the multi-disciplinary area of quantum information science, more precisely in quantum cryptology. Her current work deals with devising and implementing secure methods for information processing within a quantum-enabled network. Already, she has received numerous academic distinctions, including the 2009 NSERC Doctoral Prize and the 2010 John Charles Polanyi Prize.

Outside of work, Dr. Broadbent enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children.

Shirley Mills

Dr. Shirley Mills is a professor of both Mathematics and Statistics. She has been a professor for 43 years, working at the University of Winnipeg, the University of Alberta and, since 1983 at Carleton University. Throughout her career, Dr. Mills has received several awards for teaching excellence. While she began her career as a mathematical statistician working in the area of
detection and estimation in the presence of outliers, her career has evolved to include research in hardware and software reliability and to numerous areas of applied statistics, with extensive collaborations with a wide variety of researchers in science, engineering and social science on a wide variety of topics. In particular she has collaborated extensively with researchers in Engineering on risk modelling and analysis of environmental datasets and has worked closely with researchers in Science on geostatistical modelling. She also founded the Statistical Consulting Centre at Carleton University in 1987 and directed it for 7 years. She is recognized as an expert in the analysis of complex, massive datasets and is an expert in statistical computing, particularly in R and in SAS and SPSS. She also developed the first graduate university course in Canada in Statistical Data Mining (i.e. “Big Data”) and has taught it for the past 17 years. She has also given numerous invited lectures on this topic. She is a former President of the Statistical Society of Ottawa, a former member of the Executive of the Statistical Society of Canada and of the Canadian Association of University Teachers and is currently the Executive Director of the Statistical Society of Canada. She leads a large team of graduate students in research involving statistical computing and data mining and has to date graduated over 40 such students who are in great demand in industry and government.

Monica Nevins

Monica Nevins obtained her B.Sc. from the University of Ottawa in 1994, and her PhD from MIT in 1998. She (re-)joined the University of Ottawa in 2000, after two years as a Killam postdoctoral fellow at the University of Alberta. Her two main areas of research are the representation theory of p-adic algebraic groups, and applications of algebra in communications theory, particularly cryptography. Currently chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Dr. Nevins is a passionate communicator of mathematics, and was distinguished with the University of Ottawa Excellence in Teaching award in 2011.

Ima Okonny

Ima Okonny is currently the Acting Director of the Data Management and Reporting (DMR) Division at the Research and Evaluation Branch at Citizenship and Immigration Canada. She obtained her degree in Mathematics from Carleton University and she also completed a Diploma in Computer Programming from Algonquin College. She has worked at various government departments for the last 15 years and has extensive experience with linking and developing diverse administrative databases for research, evaluation, performance measurement, statistical reporting, program monitoring and various analytical purposes.

Ima has a son who plays football at Queens University and whenever she isn’t driving over to Kingston or some other university to watch his football games - you will find her reading material on leadership. She is passionate about leadership and she recently completed a Masters Certificate in Public Management at Carleton.

Angela Wilson

LateX Workshop

Description: In the first half of the workshop, we will give a brief overview of the structure of a typical LaTeX document and how to define new commands. As an application, we will then demonstrate one way to make an assignment template. In the second half of the workshop we will take a look at how to use Beamer to put together a slide deck for a presentation. We will start with an overview of Beamer, and then we will try it out by putting together a simple Beamer presentation. We encourage attendees to participate throughout the workshop by asking questions and trying out the LaTeX features as we go.

What You Will Need: Required:

  • A basic knowledge of LaTeX - we plan to cover some intermediate topics, so basic knowledge of LaTeX will be helpful Recommended:
  • A laptop - we encourage participants to follow along on their laptops during the presentation. If you do not have a laptop, you are still welcome to attend the workshop and follow along with the presenters.
  • A TeX distribution and LaTeX editor - for the TeX distribution, we recommend MiKTeX for Windows, MiKTeX tools for Linux, and MacTeX for Mac OS. For the LaTeX editor, we recommend Texmaker. Alternatively, you can directly use an online editor such as

Additional Links


The workshop is being put on by two members of CMS studc.

Cristina Rosu

Nathan Musoke