3D space-filling representation of a caffeine molecule


The International Chemistry and Physics Olympiads have risen from very humble beginnings in 1967 when only three nations from Eastern Europe participated. The Olympiads have been held every year since and they now attract participants from 80 countries. The goal of these competitions was, and continues to be, the encouragement of excellence in science education throughout the world; the competitions are the most prestigious of their kind for students at the high school or CÉGEP level.

Canada first participated in the International Chemistry Olympiad in 1985. Since this time, Canadian chemistry students have won 8 gold, 29 silver, and 50 bronze medals, along with 7 Honourable Mentions. A complete list of past Canadian teams is available. In 1997, the Physics and Chemistry International Olympiads were held in Sudbury and Montreal, Canada . This was the first time that Canada has hosted these events and the first time that they have both been held in the same nation in the same year.

Our 2015-16 Chemistry Olympiad Finalists:

The 2016 competition was originally scheduled to take place in Pakiston, but a Government of Canada travel advisory led to the difficult decision to not send a team. The location was subsequently changed, but too late to change plans. A Canadian National Olympiad was held instead at Westen University (London ON). The finalists were:

Charles-Emile FecteauCegep de St. HyacintheQCSilver
Hermish MehtaUniversity of Toronto SchoolsONBronze
Patrick KimUniversity of Toronto SchoolsONHonourable
Minxing ZhangRichmond Hill High SchoolONGold

Canadian Olympiad Finalists 2016
From left: Charles-Emile Fecteau, Hermish Mehta, Minxing Zhang, and Patrick Kim