The Epp Peace Incubator Program supports peace-related start-up initiatives through mentorship, training opportunities, and seed funding in order to validate their concepts and secure sustainable funding to effect systemic change. We know that making connections with the right mentors is a crucial ingredient in the success of a start-up.

This Mentorship Circle is intended to deepen and expand the ability of the Centre for Peace Advancement to support members of the Peace Incubator program. The Mentorship Circle does not encompass all of the many individuals throughout the Centre for Peace Advancement’s networks that provide mentorship to incubator members on an ad hoc basis. Members of the Mentorship Circle gather each semester to:

The mentors


Nolan AndresNolan Andres Headshot

Nolan (he/him) self-identifies as a consummate idealist geek of many stripes. Passionate about making diverse efforts work for good, he is an inspiring public speaker and senior leader as well as an enthusiastic aficionado of everything from technology to business/finance to appliance repair to just being a dad.

The founder of PeaceWorks Technology Solutions in 1996, Nolan has been involved in social enterprise for over 20 years. He acted as PeaceWorks’ CEO until 2013, spending 17 years affordably bringing the benefits of technology to charities and not-for-profits in the K-W area and Winnipeg. He then made the transition to Kindred Credit Union, where he is the Chief Innovation and Technology Officer. Nolan serves as board chair for incubator alumnus Pastors in Exile (PiE) and also serves on the board for the Credit Union Services Association (CUSA).

Nolan has a B.Sc. (Computer Science – University of Saskatchewan) and an M.Math (Computer Science – University of Waterloo), as well as a diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies from Conrad Grebel University College. He is the recipient of the 2009 K/W Record’s 40 Under 40 Award and the 2006 Conrad Grebel University College Distinguished Alumni Service Award.

And while all of that is really nice, given the opportunity he would generally rather be backcountry canoe tripping with his family.


Tania Del MattTania headshoto

Tania Del Matto is an experienced sustainability professional, having worked with a variety of private sector industries, public sector institutions, non-profits and social-purpose businesses. She is also an experienced social entrepreneur, having started and operated My Sustainable Canada, an enterprising social venture with a national mandate to help organizations use their purchasing decisions to drive social change. 

As Director of St. Paul's GreenHouse, she now pursues her passion of mentoring and connecting social innovators and entrepreneurs to create, launch and amplify projects and startups that tackle pressing social and environmental problems. Tania ensures that the activities and partnerships that GreenHouse engages in directly align with the University of Waterloo's vision to be recognized as a uniquely entrepreneurial university that applies innovative approaches to technology, social innovation, and social entrepreneurship in ways that create recognizable impact, both in economic growth and improving the human condition.


Pamela FehrPamela Fehr

Pam is passionate about catalyzing social change.  She is currently working as an independent consultant, taking on projects that feel challenging and exciting and have the opportunity to fuel community transformation.

Pam spent ten years working with Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) with a focus on building business solutions to poverty, living and working in countries such as Nicaragua, Haiti, Mozambique, Peru and Egypt among others.  More recently, in her ten years as Vice President Marketing at Kindred Credit Union she had the privilege to lead the renaming, rebranding of the credit union and to develop their community engagement strategy.  Recently, Pam has been creating her own map of the innovation ecosystem and is excited to support incubator participant as they find their core values and express their true voice in the marketplace.

When she isn’t spending time trying to catalyze her four kids toward independence, you can find her on the soccer pitch.


Rachel ThompsonRachel headshot

Rachel is the founder of Marlena Books, a social enterprise that creates books for individuals living with Alzheimer's and dementia. As a graduate of the University of Waterloo and participant in many of the region of Waterloo's startup programs, she is experienced in business and product development.  Rachel is passionate about improving the quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimer's and dementia, and exploring how innovation and technology can play a part in this change and stigma reduction. 

Rachel is the recipient of the 2018 Faculty of Applied Health Science Young Alumni award and the 2019 St. Paul's Alumni of the year award. Outside of work Rachel can be found playing with her dog, gardening, or cheering on the Toronto Blue Jays.


Samantha Estoesta WilliamsSamantha

Samantha (she/her) is a professional communicator, a multiple-published poet, and a long time #WomenInSTEM advocate. With a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies (Conrad Grebel), a MA in Intercultural Communications (Royal Roads) and over ten years in advocacy, communications, community development, community engagement, and social media strategy, she centers her efforts on growing communities through reciprocal relationships.

Working across sectors, Samantha has focused on ensuring that the most marginalized populations are represented in her work, be it through her work in post secondary institutions, technology firms, or innovation spaces. Through her work in TD Lab, TD Bank Group’s innovation lab, she fiercely works towards creating environments where all can feel like they belong in technology, especially those from underrepresented populations. When she's not talking about being a brown female in tech, she can be found around town sharing her words, organizing others' lives (semi-professionally!) or watching terrible Netflix shows.