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.


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.

Later this month the Tamarack Institute will be welcoming the 2024 cohort of the Changemaker Experience program—a seven-part workshop series designed to enhance the leadership skills of individuals making a positive impact in their communities. As a Core Collaborator of the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement, Tamarack aligns with Centre's mission, emphasizing collaborative strategies to address community issues in Canada and globally. The Centre for Peace Advancement serves as a collaborative space for organizations and innovators committed to advancing peace.