Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement

Our centre and participants

The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement is a dynamic space on the University of Waterloo campus, home to peace-oriented innovators, and established organizations from the regions vibrant peacebuilding field. The common goal of advancing peace collaboratively and creatively is the lifeblood of the Centre for Peace Advancements unique working community. The Centre for Peace Advancement stands as a bridge between campus and community, academics and practice, and faith and justice.

Our ecosystem

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada is a leading hub for innovation on a national and global scale. The University of Waterloo has been consistently ranked as Canada's most innovative university by Maclean's university rankings. UWaterloo operates the world's largest co-operative education program, and now supports a wide array of student entrepreneurship opportunities. In addition to being the home of countless cutting-edge tech companies, our surrounding community has nurtured significant social innovations in areas such as restorative justice, poverty alleviation, and refugee resettlement.


“I believe that human beings connect with one another through story” said Anandi Carroll-Woolery, a former X Page participant and this year’s co-ordinator of the program. Stories written in the X Page Workshop begin with a word or a phrase to elicit memory. The images become a space everyone can enter using all their senses, in keeping with the teaching and philosophy of cartoonist Lynda Barry. Detailed memories are written down and form the basis of the story, which eventually becomes a live performance. The X Page Workshop opens a space for refugee and immigrant women to come together and empower one another through narratives. Newcomer women are invited to register for the next workshop by February 28, and all are welcome to see their powerful performances this summer. 

Rapid technology innovations impact all areas of international affairs, making good governance and effective policies more important than ever before. The Balsillie School of International Affairs, with support from the Balsillie Family Foundation, has established the Technology Governance Initiative (TGI) to prepare students to address these rapid changes in the modern world. The Balsillie School’s focus on global governance and international public policy aligns with the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement’s mission to advance peace through collaboration, creating a connection for individuals looking to contribute to positive change. 

“The world of work today is defined by disruptive business models, flattened hierarchies, integrated networks of teams, and global hiring practices. As a result, the workplace is more diverse than ever before,” explained Grebel alum Wali Muhammad, who studied in the Master of Peace and Conflict Studies program at Grebel. "When people from diverse backgrounds try to work together as teams, it creates a huge potential for conflict. Simple misunderstandings often result in wasted potential and depleted team performance.” For more than 10 years, Wali has worked to fix this persistent problem of cultural incompatibility.