Western Canada Linear Algebra Meeting

14-15 May, 2016

The University of Manitoba in Winnipeg

All lectures will be held in the Robert Schultz Lecture Theatre in St. John's College, room 142
**Meeting Programme**


Last updated on 5 May 2016

Scope of Meeting

WCLAM provides an opportunity for researchers and mathematicians in linear algebra and related fields to meet, present accounts of their research, and hold informal discussions. Although the meeting has a regional base, it attracts a number of national and international participants, and enjoys a reputation for its welcoming atmosphere and high quality scientific program. Young mathematicians (graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early career faculty) are especially encouraged to participate.

Organizing Commitee and Sponsors

The meeting is organised by

Local organisers

The organisers gratefully acknowledge the sponsors of WCLAM 2016: ILAS, the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences, and the University of Manitoba.

Past Meetings

Invited Speakers

WCLAM 2016 will feature three invited speakers:

Contributed talks and posters

Participants who wish to present a contributed talk or a poster should send a title/abstract to: ploskers@brandonu.ca Please use the abstract template .tex file
Contributed talks will be 25 minutes (plus 5 minutes for questions). The deadline for title and abstract submission is: 22 April 2016.


The organisers have arranged special rates for the following:

In order to receive these rates, participants will need to book through the organisers. To do so, contact John.DiNoto@umanitoba.ca, ideally before May 1.

Alternative accommodation:

Note that the rates below are estimated and not guaranteed, and do not include taxes.


To register, email ploskers@brandonu.ca and include the following information: Your name and institution. Your position (faculty member, postdoctoral researcher, graduate student, undergraduate student). Whether you plan to give a talk or present a poster. (Your title/abstract can be submitted with the registration or separately.) Registration Fee: $30 (Canadian), payable by cash or cheque (made out to the University of Manitoba) at the meeting. The fee is waived for students and postdoctoral researchers. For planning purposes, please let us know whether you will attend the meeting by 29 April 2016.

Student Support

Partial financial support for travel and/or accommodation expenses may be available to a limited number of participants who are students or postdoctoral researchers. Priority will be given to students/postdocs who contribute a talk or a poster. To request financial support, please email Stephen.Kirkland@umanitoba.ca The deadline for requests is 28 March 2016.

Getting around

There are two taxi companies in Winnipeg: Duffy's Taxi (204-925-0101) and Unicity (204-925-3131).

There are several bus routes between the University and downtown: 60, 160, 162. The transit website has the information on these routes along with live updates, but Google Maps is very reliable when using the public transport option on directions (click 'directions' and then the bus icon). All cash fares are $2.65; only coins accepted. If you need to change buses ask the bus driver for a transfer when you get on which can be scanned on second and subsequent buses. Tickets can be bought in 7-Eleven, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Safeway for $2.30 each. The main University stop is Westbound Dafoe at U of M.


Parking on campus is free on weekends. A campus parking map is available here and a general campus map is available here. If you are driving downtown, there is free parking at the Forks, and street parking is available downtown and in the Exchange district.


Near Campus: Because WCLAM will be held both in summer and on a weekend, there are limited dining options on campus. The closest restaurants to campus are Sun Fortune, a Chinese food restaurant, Nicolino's, an Italian restaurant, and Barley Brothers, a restaurant and lounge that serves good pub food and has 150+ beers on tap (the most in Canada!). These are both ~1.7km from the lecture hall, along with some chain restaurants such as Pita Pit, Applebee's, KFC, A&W, Salisbury House, and others.

Osborne area:

Downtown/Exchange district:

Things to do

See the Tourism Winnipeg website for recommendations.


For the month of May, the average high is 17C (65F) and average low is 6C (43F).

Related Events

There is a teaching workshop at the University of Manitoba 16-20 May 2016 focused on mathematics teaching and geared toward graduate students who will be teaching post-secondary math. More information can be found here or you can download the poster

The 2016 Prairie Discrete Math Workshop is taking place at the University of Manitoba 16-17 May 2016. See here for details.