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 2016-17 Chemistry Olympiad Finalists:

The following students were selected to represent Canada at the 49th International Chemistry Olympiad in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand:

Karen LiMarc Garneau Collegiate InstituteON
Hermish MehtaUniversity of Toronto SchoolsONSilver
Raluca PetrutUniversity of Toronto SchoolsONHonourable
Jeffrey ZhouWestern Canada High SchoolABBronze

Canadian Olympiad Finalists 2017
From left: Jeffrey Zhou, Karen Li, Hermish Mehta, and Raluca Petrut