The Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research (BIMR) is a multi-disciplinary research institute with a mandate to support all aspects of materials research at McMaster University and beyond. With over 150 members from numerous disciplines, it is the largest research institute at McMaster. It directly operates several facilities housing infrastructure that supports research activities, and is affiliated with multiple additional facilities and institutes on campus. While research infrastructure is important, it is the community of faculty, staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students that makes up the heart of the BIMR. The institute endeavours to bring this community together at every opportunity in order to foster interactions and cross-disciplinary collaborations. Going forward, our mission is to promote and support many new and exciting areas of materials research that will address some of the most important challenges society faces today, and in the future.