McMaster Alumni Hamilton Community Impact Award

The award recognizes outstanding contribution by McMaster graduates to the Hamilton community. The award will recognize individuals who have made a positive impact on the Hamilton community within the past three years, enhancing the quality of life while reflecting the values of McMaster - integrity, quality and teamwork.

Preference will be given to those residing in the City of Hamilton. The nomination form is available by clicking on the following link: Alumni Association Nomination Form.

Visit the Community Impact Award Archive to see past recipients of the award.

The 2016 McMaster Alumni Hamilton Community Impact Award Recipients

Matt Alderson

Matt Alderson `89

Faculty of Engineering
Matt is the driving force behind the FIRST Robotics Competition teams and the MakeShift Robotics program within various Hamilton high schools. FIRST stands for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” and is a worldwide organization dedicated to promotion of careers in science, technology, engineering and math-related fields.

Karen Hill

Karen Hill `03

Faculty of Health Sciences
Dr. Karen Hill, Mohawk Nation physician, is the faculty lead in Aboriginal peoples health for the Department of Family Medicine. She is also a family physician at Juddah’s Place, a clinic she co-founded in 2013 with colleague Elva Jamieson in Ohsweken, on the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation reserve.

Bryce Kanbara

Bryce Kanbara `70

Faculty of Humanities
Bryce Kanbara is a Hamilton visual artist, curator/proprietor of you me gallery on James North (, and Chair of the Arts Committee at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto. He is also involved with community art and public art projects.