Prairie Discrete Math Workshop 2013

May 3 & 4, 2013
Thompson Rivers University


The Prairie Discrete Mathematics Workshop (PDMW) is nearly annual meeting for researchers in discrete mathematics from the Prairie Region, plus neighbouring provinces and states.  It has been held in various forms since 1995.  Since 2002 it has been held at the Universities of Regina (2002, 2011), Lethbridge (2003, 2006), Manitoba (2008, 2010), Winnipeg (2005),  UBC-Okanagan (2009), and Calgary (2012).  This year the workshop will be held for the first time at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC.

The presentation of Bill Sands will be a joint session of the PDMW and the 41st annual BC Secondary Schools Mathematics Contest held at TRU.


  • Rick Brewster, Thompson Rivers University
  • Paul Ottaway, Thompson Rivers University
HL Balcony

Invited Speakers


A full program with titles and abstracts is available here.

We will start later Friday morning to allow people to drive to Kamloops from the coast or from the Okanagan.
All talks take place in HL 204 (House of Learning) with the exception of Bill Sands which is the Barber Centre.

Friday May 3
9:00 -- 9:50, Registration and coffee
9:50 -- 10:00, Welcome
10:00 -- 11:00, Daryl Funk
11:00 -- 11:30, Laura Teshima
11:30 -- 13:00, lunch (no host)
13:00 -- 14:00, Bill Sands
14:00 -- 14:30, break
14:30 -- 15:00, Ross Churchley
15:00 -- 15:30, Sophie Burrill
15:30 -- 16:30, Shahla Nasserasr

Saturday May 4
8:00 -- 9:30, Breakfast provided
9:30 -- 10:30, James Currie
10:30 -- 11:00, Andrew Poelstra
11:00 -- 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 -- 12:30, Kieka Mynhardt
12:30 -- 14:30, lunch (no host)
14:30 -- 15:00, Steve Melczer
15:00 -- 15:30, Samuel Johnson
15:30 -- 16:30, Donovan Hare


Registration is free; however, to aid in planning, please e-mail your name and affiliation to Bunny Duggan.  We have some funds to put towards the accommodation for students and post-docs.  Please indicate in your e-mail if you are a student or post-doc.

Getting here

Kamloops is accessible by Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.  For details see the Tourism Kamloops website.

Where to stay

On Campus

We have block of rooms held at Residence & Conference Centre on campus. 
The rooms are being held until March 2, 2012.  Phone 250.828.8999 or e-mail quote Math & Stats Conference.
Full details are here.

The on campus rooms are currently available for the nights of May 3 and May 4.  If you are arriving on May 2nd, you may wish to use a hotel below.  The Ramada has a block of rooms for a similar price.

Off Campus

There are several hotels near campus including:
There is a block of rooms being held at the Ramada.  2 Queen Size beds in each room. Available May 2 – May 6, 2013. $95.00 per night plus tax. Please quote:  Group Code CG5739


We would like to thank the following sponsors for their generous support.
The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences

The Faculty of Science and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at

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Previous PDMWs