Our ecosystem

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Waterloo, Ontario is a leading hub for innovation on a national and global scale.

The University of Waterloo has a long-standing reputation as Canada’s most innovative university, 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.

Social innovation and peacebuilding intersect daily in the Grebel Peace Incubator program. Ventures supported by our incubator tackle issues that are local, national, or global in scope, and many have also benefited from other programs on our campus and in our local community.

The true heartbeat of the Centre's work is collaborative relationships, and we are deeply encouraged by the growing and strengthening of bonds between the Centre for Peace Advancement and numerous partners in what we refer to as our innovation ecosystem. This includes campus innovation partners convened by Velocity, funders such as Mitacs, and globally renowned programs with the Accelerator Centre and Communitech.

In addition, the Centre for Peace Advancement facilitates the “Social Disruptors Group,” an ad hoc group of University of Waterloo staff and faculty involved in curricular and co-curricular activities that equip students to make a meaningful social impact. This group currently includes the following organizations and programs:


Entrepreneurship at Environment (E@E)
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School of public health and health systems
Entrepreneurship and innovation at the Faculty of Mathematics
Problem Lab
Science Innovation Hub
SDSN Canada
Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation (WICI)
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Youth and Innovation Project
Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business