As The International Relations Students’ Association Of McGill, Our Mission Is:

  • To offer a neutral forum for members to express their interest in international affairs, and in the United Nations and its goals specifically;

  • To Educate And Develop An Awareness Of The United Nations In The Local, National, And International Communities;

  • To Provide Its Members With The Opportunity To Contribute To International Development In A Positive Way Through Participation In Activities Organized And/Or Accredited By The Corporation.



As a federally incorporated, not-for-profit corporation with special consultative status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, IRSAM has something to offer to everyone within and outside the McGill community, and we urge all those interested to become involved. From our community outreach programs to our Model UN conferences, we have a broad range of events and activities that focus on international relations, the United Nations and volunteer work in communities both local and abroad.

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IRSAM has special consultative status with Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). As an accredited non-governmental organization (NGO), IRSAM is not just the only group at McGill University with this status, but it is also one of the only student-run, university-affiliated organizations in the world run to hold this status with the United Nations.

With a dedicated membership of over 250 students, IRSAM is one of the largest student organizations part of the Students' Society of McGill University (SSMU). IRSAM’s holds the status of an Independent Student Group (ISG) and has received numerous accolades including "Club of the Year", "President of the Year", and "Event of the Year".

IRSAM is a federally incorporated not-for-profit corporation. As a not-for-profit organization federally incorporated with Industry Canada, IRSAM is governed by a set of by-laws and regulations which were adopted on May 26, 1999. 

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IRSAM recently partnered with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to provide a platform for collaboration with the United Nations system through active participation between organizations. IRSAM will continue to collaborate and support ICAO in its advocacy and outreach efforts to continue the building towards a united and inter-connected world community. IRSAM also hosts committees and events at ICAO headquarters in Montreal.

The by-laws were last amended by a Board of Directors vote and membership referendum in March 2017. The regulations were amended by a Board of Directors vote in March 2012, March 2014, March 2017, and in March 2018. For any questions regarding the by-laws or regulations, please email Gordon Barad, IRSAM President, at