The Mathematics – NSERC Liaison Committee is a group of mathematicians forming a broadly representative sample of the Canadian mathematics community. We were officially formed in 2007 at the Montreal CMS meeting in order to serve as spokespeople for this community for the purposes of the international review of NSERC, which at that time was on the horizon. Because there are continuing issues having to do with NSERC and NSERC support for mathematics research, we decided as a body to retain our committee as a standing body, in order to be able to react on behalf of the mathematics community to issues that arise. The current funding crisis for mathematics NSERC grant allocations is one of these issues.

This committee seeks to be representative of the Canadian mathematics community, and it is not a group formed by any other organization or professional society, such as the CMS or the CAIMS. In particular it is not to be confused with the NSERC – Mathematics & Statistics Liaison Committee, which was formed by NSERC and their mathematics program officers, as a venue for their communications to the mathematics community. This latter committee has membership from NSERC staff as well as members of the mathematics and statistics research communities, and its membership is determined by NSERC. One could say that the Mathematics – NSERC Liaison Committee is `our committee’ while the NSERC – Mathematics & Statistics Liaison Committee is `their committee’. The names and multitude of committees can be confusing, but we had formed our committee first.