Mentorship Circle

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 CPA to support members of the Peace Incubator program. The Mentorship Circle does not encompass all of the many individuals throughout the CPA’s networks that provide mentorship to incubator members on an ad hoc basis. Members of the Mentorship Circle  gather each semester to:

The mentors

Crista Renner

crista renner's portraitCrista is a builder who loves the excitement of getting a new challenge off the ground and is interested in ventures that create blended value. Crista is an active contributor in the not-for-profit sector and sits on the Board of the Ontario Trillium Foundation and she is an advisor and mentor in University of Waterloo's Velocity program.

Previously, Crista was an adjunct professor at Conestoga College in the areas of social and ecopreneurship, social media, and marketing. Her interest in understanding how innovation flourishes or dies around not-for-profit board tables, and in start-ups, based on their ability to navigate conflict, led her to pursue a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel.

Morgan Grainger

morgan grainger's portraitMorgan is a software developer with deep roots in Waterloo Region. Morgan studied Computer Science at the University of Waterloo and completed a Peace and Conflict Studies minor through Conrad Grebel University College. After finishing his studies, he spent six years living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area in California before returning to Waterloo in 2015.

Morgan is very interested in how technology continues to disrupt and change society as it develops, both the challenges that this disruption creates and the problems that technology can help address.

Jessica Reesor Rempel

jessica reesor rempel's portraitJessica is passionate about nurturing community, extending radical hospitality and seeking out sacred moments in the midst of the mundane. Through her work with Pastors in Exile, she is energized by experiencing God at work in new and unexpected ways in the Kitchener-Waterloo community.

Jessica’s call to this ministry has been shaped by studies at Conrad Grebel and the Toronto School of Theology as well as time spent serving with Mennonite Central Committee in Ontario and in Laos.

Ben Janzen

ben janzen's portraitBen is passionate about the impact cooperation can have on creating vibrant communities and a better world. His work focuses on the development of products and services that inspire a peaceful, just, and prosperous world.

His leadership at Kindred Credit Union has contributed to it becoming a living wage employer and a solar power generator, providing new accounts for refugees, and being the first financial institution in Canada to offer all their guaranteed investment certificates as socially responsible investments.

Ben is a past recipient of Canada’s National Credit Union Young Leaders Award and a World Credit Union Council’s Young Credit Union People Scholarship.