President’s Message

Welcome to the Canadian Association of Physicists (CAP) website. I trust that you find this website interesting and useful and that you can easily access the information you are looking for.

The mission of the Canadian Association of Physicists is to advocate, communicate, and celebrate the role and value of Canadian physics.  We aim to foster collaborative interactions between physicists in academia and industry, between students and educators. We are also committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion across the society, from our membership to our programs, to our awards.  Be sure to check out our Division of Gender Equity in Physics to learn about some of the initiatives in this area.

We run an annual national Congress that attracts speakers from around the world, and provides opportunities for students to present the results of their exciting research. Excellence in research, service, and teaching is recognized with awards and prizes. We are very excited about our virtual 2021 Congress, with a full breadth of talks, student competitions, and virtual activities.

Very importantly, the CAP also plays a key advocacy role and we meet regularly with funding agencies, politicians, and policy makers to promote the importance of physics as both a fundamental science and as part of Canada’s technology-driven innovation economy.

If you are not a member of the CAP, please consider joining YOUR national physics association today! Your support is critical to our ability to advocate on your behalf, and to provide the services that are important to Canadian physicists.

If you are a member, please consider getting more involved in the CAP by joining the Advisory Council, or one of our committees in Science Policy, Student Affairs, Professional Practice, International Affairs, or Member and Affiliate Services. Alternatively, providing constructive solutions as to how the CAP can increase its value to current and future members will help make a difference.

The CAP Foundation (CAPF) is the fund-raising arm of our organization and provides critical support to many of our activities. Your tax-deductible donation would be much appreciated. Please give generously.  Donations are processed through Canada Helps with charitable receipts issued directly by them.

Robert Thompson
president@cap.ca