Waterloo, Ontario, Canada is a leading hub for innovation on a national and global scale. The University of Waterloo has been rated Canada’s most innovative university for 26 years running, 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 CPA’s Epp Peace Incubator program. Ventures supported by our incubator are tackling issues that range from landmine eradication in Cambodia to peace education in Ontario classrooms. Many of the programs benefiting from our specialized support are also benefiting from other programs in our local ecosystem. It is through our collective efforts that these startups are best supported.
The true heartbeat of our work is collaborative relationships. We are deeply encouraged by the growing and strengthening of bonds between the CPA and countless partners in what we call our “innovation ecosystem.” Our partners inspire us and we work together to push the edges of social innovation to improve our collective work.
As part of the University of Waterloo's Social Disruptors Group and LAICOS Social Enterprise Hub, the CPA is connected to innovative organizations in Kitchener-Waterloo and beyond. The map below depicts our innovation ecosystem made up of those organizations.