The Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS)
|Membership Categories and Fees|
|Special Interest Groups (SIG)|
|How to Join the Society|
CORS, which has been in existence since 1958, is a scientific and professional society that takes a leadership role in the advancement of both the theory and the practice of Operational Research (OR) in Canada and safeguards the existence of a vital Canadian OR community by promoting contact between people interested in the subject. CORS strives to meet its objectives with two publications - a Journal, INFOR and the Bulletin, a newsletter of Society and related activities, the CORS web site, an annual conference, by providing funds for student travel to CORS/SCRO and by supporting a diverse array of local section activities. CORS also represents the Canadian OR community in the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS).
CORS Members are individuals interested in operational research who work in the private or public sector in the areas of finance, transportation, military, health care, telecommunications, the government, consulting, and academia. The CORS membership also includes a significant student population working towards their undergraduate or post graduate degrees in various business, computer science, engineering, management, and mathematics programs across the country.
Members of CORS receive the following benefits:
- Subscriptions to:
- The journal INFOR, which is published quarterly and contains peer-reviewed papers highlighting recent advances in Operational Research. INFOR contains many papers that combine theory and methodology with OR practice.
- The CORS-SCRO Bulletin, which is also published quarterly to keep members informed of the Society's activities, of upcoming conferences and other news. The Bulletin also contains special articles highlighting OR activities across the country.
- Exclusive access to an on-line searchable Membership Directory.
- Opportunities to network with your professional peers at OR events and activities taking place across the country and in local sections.
- Listserv notices of job postings.
- The CORS Diploma for students graduating in a related field, with a basic knowledge of OR methods.
- Funding support for students to attend the CORS Annual Conference as well as other OR related seminars and conferences.
- Membership in a local section. Local sections typically run at least one event each year. Examples of local section events include special seminars and student paper competitions.
- Membership in a CORS Special Interest Group (SIG). SIGs provide and promote an opportunity for CORS members with common interests to interact and network.
- Reduced registration fees for the CORS National Conference.
- Individuals who become actively involved in local section and national events find the experience to be both professionally and personally rewarding.
Membership Categories and Fees
Retired Member $55
Student Member $45
Emeritus Member* Complimentary
* Retired Members who have previously received both the Award of Merit and Service Award
Special Interest Groups
CORS encourages members with common interest in an area within or related to operational research to form a CORS Special Interest Group (SIG). A SIG provides a mechanism to promote CORS, the SIG area and the SIG members, as well as the opportunity for CORS members with common interests to interact and network. CORS will act as a facilitator to help achieve these goals.
A CORS SIG can be formed if a letter addressed to the CORS president, signed by at least 25 CORS members, is submitted to CORS Council detailing:
- The SIG's main research interest(s).
- The SIG’s name.
- The 25 founding members.
- The president of the SIG, and any other executive positions or administrative structure agreed upon among the SIG members.
And committing to:
- Strive to keep membership at a minimum of 25 members.
- Restrict membership to CORS members.
- Organize a stream of talks at each CORS annual conference.
- Meet at least once a year, preferably at the CORS annual conference.
- Provide a report on the SIG’s activities during the preceding year, preferably through a newsletter submitted to the CORS Bulletin.
The CORS Council, upon determining that the SIG’s focus area is appropriate for a CORS SIG, approves the formation of the SIG. Electronic signatures, such as email messages, are acceptable.
CORS commits to:
- Assist each CORS SIG by administering a dedicated listserv.
- Provide a room for a SIG meeting at the CORS Annual Meeting.
- Collect information about SIG membership when CORS members renew their membership information.
- Publish SIG membership information in the CORS membership directory.
- Promote SIG activities by providing information about SIGs and SIG-organized events on the CORS web site.
CORS will consider a SIG to be terminated if it fails to meet any one of the requirements outlined above for two consecutive years. The CORS president will send a termination letter to the SIG president.
SIGs formed so far include:
- CORS Queueing Theory SIG
- CORS Health Care Operational Research SIG
- CORS Forestry SIG
How to Join the Society
If you wish to join the Society it may be done in the following ways:
- Online using your VISA© or MasterCard© . Simply complete the online application form found by
- Mailing your credit card information or a cheque payable to the Canadian Operational Research Society, along with the completed application form
found by clicking here to the
following address: CORS-SCRO, Box/C.P. 2225, Station D, Ottawa, ON CANADA K1P 5W4