Conrad Grebel University College
140 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L 3G6
Located at Conrad Grebel University College on the University of Waterloo campus, the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement celebrated its official opening in September of 2014.
At the Centre for Peace Advancement, we recognize the value of collaborative, interdisciplinary, and multisector approaches to the advancement of peace. For this reason, the Centre for Peace Advancement is home to a variety of participants involved in the work of advancing peace. Our 6,000 square feet of space is occupied by a range of peace scholars from the University of Waterloo, as well as practitioners from local peace building organizations. Through forging opportunities for collaboration in the form of research, training and/or community engagement, we work to advance peace along with academics and practitioners from the University of Waterloo and beyond.
Welcome to the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement - home to peace scholars, practitioners, and innovators. Take a walk with us and explore!
Director's message: Advancing peace at - and beyond - Grebel
Since 2014, the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement has aspired to attract peace innovators. We aimed to become a state-of-the-art academic hub that incubates and advances collaborative, inter-disciplinary, multisector peacemaking. In my view, we have achieved this vision. We can confidently say that the Centre for Peace Advancement has become an integral program of Conrad Grebel University College, complementing stellar academic and residence programs that seek wisdom, nurture faith, and pursue justice and peace in service to church and society.
Moreover, the Centre is now firmly embedded within—and has found ways to make a distinctive contribution to—the University of Waterloo and one of the world’s leading innovation ecosystems. And, as our inspiration partner, Kindred Credit Union has been able to bring life to its purpose of inspiring peaceful, just, and prosperous communities through our local and global impacts.
There are so many amazing stories we could tell about the individuals and organizations who have been a part of this journey—stories ripped from local, national, and international headlines, stories of breakthroughs and positive impacts on communities near and far, and stories of both personal and institutional learning and growth. These stories highlight key milestones and indicators in order to illustrate how the Centre for Peace Advancement is not only a hub for peacebuilding activities, it has become a catalyst for collaboration.
Join us as we continue to pursue new opportunities to advance peace. The past six years have been remarkable, but we are just getting started!
Director, Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement and Adjunct Assistant Professor
Foundational moments for the Centre
- November 2011
Announcement of transformative gift from Mennonite Savings and Credit Union (now Kindred Credit Union)
- March 2012
- June 2012
Grebel Board approves vision and mission
- June 2014
Paul Heidebrecht named director
- September 2014
Mennonite Savings and Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement opens (Now Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement)
- November 2014
Michelle Jackett named coordinator
- July 2016
Renamed as Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement
- October 2016
Grebel Gallery Fund established
- August 2017
First cohort of Peace Innovators
- September 2017
Peace Incubator Fund and Barry Bauman Mentorship Fund established
Annual Peace Week for Waterloo Region is first coordinated
- November 2017
Epp Peace Incubator Mentorship Circle is formed (now Grebel Peace Incubator Mentorship Circle)
- October 2018
Facilitated UWaterloo's participation in Map the System for the first time.
- September 2019
Inaugural PeaceTech Living-Learning Community
- September 2019
Celebrating the Centre's 5-year anniversary.
- November 2019
Epp Peace Incubator approved as the first social innovation incubator in Mitacs' Accelerate Entrepreneur and Entrepreneur International programs.
- June 2021
Epp Peace Incubator re-branded as Grebel Peace Incubator