OPIRG is represented on important campus and community partnerships that strengthen our impact and allow mutually rewarding contributions from OPIRG and our partner organizations


Featured Partnership

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Disable the Difference

Disable the Difference is a student group dedicated to helping disabled youth through programming, research, policy advocacy, and friendship


We are committed to providing accessible and free virtual programming for youth with disabilities to combat loneliness, foster friendship, and facilitate academic growth during the pandemic. We are currently running two programs, a buddy program and a tutoring program, and we are so grateful to have a community of over 200 disabled youth and volunteers involved.

We also aim to promote the meaningful and equitable education of individuals with disabilities as well as advocate for individuals and families whose voices are not being heard. Through special education research and policy advocacy, we aim to improve special education locally and provincially.

Lastly, we are passionate about raising awareness about disabilities through blog posts and podcast discussions with youth, parents, academics, educators, and policymakers. We hope to educate folks about how to be better advocates and active supporters of the disabled community.

To engage with our work, please follow us on Facebook and Instagram @disablethedifference!

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Hamilton Street Tree Project

A partnership with the City of Hamilton Forestry Department

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A pilot project in 2013, the Street Tree Project developed into a five-year partnership with the city of Hamilton’s street tree programme so the project could target communities with higher than average poor air quality in a door to door campaign to sign people up for a free street tree.

OPIRG hired a student to coordinate the door to door campaign each year. Thanks to the work of McMaster students Jonathon Valencia (2013), Krista Kruja (2014), Harshal Patel (2015), Hannah Walters-Vida (2016) and Chelsea Lowes (2017) we garnered 278 Street Tree requests from residents in the lower city with a four year average of 82% of the requests planted!

Beyond the partnership with the City of Hamilton Forestry department, the Street Tree Project also created valuable connections with:

                • Environment Hamilton where we joined the Air and Tree Taskforce made up of community groups like the Hamilton Naturalist Club as well as City of Hamilton staff from Forestry and Climate Change departments et al
                • McMaster’s Research Shop conducted research for us on best-practices with door-to-door campaigning
                • City Councillors in wards three and four (Councillors Bernie Morelli, Matthew Green and Sam Merulla)
                • Neighbourhood hubs in Keith and Crown Point, et al
                • And the volunteers and people in the neighbourhoods who helped create a greener and cleaner airshed
Go to the Street Tree Project Blog
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COMMERCE 4SG3 - Corporations and Society

Fall Term 2018

Five smiling students facing the cameraBrent McKnight’s class worked with OPIRG McMaster to developing ways to increase our project impact, and onboard new projects.

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History Archive Intern: Tyler Craig

2016 Intern working on OPIRG McMaster's online history archive

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Multimedia and Communications Intern: Glenesha Grant

2015-2016 Placement

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Practicum Teacher-Training: Sheena Kooner

2014 McMaster alumni, Queen's University teacher-training placement

Sheena smiling standing in front of a window that shows the student centre atrium below

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Communications Intern: Nina Chopra

2013 Created series of "one with opirg" videos featuring our working groups
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Communications Intern: Jamie Mudrick

2013 Communications placement student
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DeGroote School of Business MBA Strategic Plan Project

2009 Strategic Plan completed by MBA P720 Class for OPIRG
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Centre3 Rebrand Project

Hamilton Community Foundation annual Living the Environment Conference

  • Malhar Group – Shelley Porteous

  • Atzin – Shelley Porteous

  • Restore Cootes: “Lot M” Project – Randy Kay

  • Cootes To Escarpment Stakeholder Advisory Group – Randy Kay