History

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 2018-19 Chemistry Olympiad Finalists:

The following students were selected to represent Canada at the 51st International Chemistry Olympiad in Paris, France:

Colin CaiMagee Secondary SchoolBC
Soresu JuyoVancouver Learning NetworkBCBronze
Hung [Henry] NguyenUniversity Hill Secondary SchoolBCBronze
Eric M. ShenBayview Secondary SchoolONSilver

Canadian Olympiad Finalists 2018
From left: Eric Shen, Hung (Henry) Nguyen, Soresu Juso, and Colin Ca

At IChO 2019, the Canadian team members faced both theoretical and practical Chemistry challenges. They competed against 79 other countries at the largest IChO ever. The Canadian Chemistry Olympiad selected the top Chemistry students in Canada from among hundreds of Canadian high school students who got to the final stage of testing in April. The National Training camp ran in Toronto (July 9-19) under the supervision of head mentor Philip Sohn, who put together a comprehensive set of labs designed to prepare the team for competition.

All members of the Canadian Team represented Canada very well and the team achieved 2 bronze medals and one silver.