Monday, February 10, 2020

Advancing peace through research: five new fellows appointed

Research Fellows Portraits

Newly appointed Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement Research Fellows (From top left, clockwise): Branka Marijan, Brice Balmer, Marlene Epp, Lowell Ewert, Jessica West.

 The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement aims to be a dynamic space where peace-oriented innovators and established organizations can come together to make change. In January, 2020, the Centre named five new Research Fellows who are making important contributions to peace research and peacebuilding efforts locally and globally. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Momentum builds for Map the System

Map the System info session

The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement’s commitment to thinking differently about social change is the impetus for leading the University of Waterloo’s second foray into the Map the System competition. Student and faculty engagement is up significantly this year as we build on the success of last year’s endeavor.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

New incubator participant, Panic, Anxiety + Stress Support (PASS) Inc., shines a spotlight on mental health

Tina Chan photo

The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement catalyzes collaboration to move the needle on important peacebuilding issues such as space security, technology, education, and inclusion. Tina Chan, the Centre’s newest Epp Peace Incubator program participant, is adding mental health to the conversation.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Creating conversation with policy labs

Policy Lab discussion in Waterloo

How do we prevent nuclear war? Ban autonomous weapons? Champion climate action, or effectively regulate the effects of technology and warfare? Sometimes hard questions are best left alone, and sometimes we need to dig in.

Project Ploughshares is addressing these concerns by choosing dialogue as a method for understanding through cross-country policy labs. To conduct these conversations, Ploughshares is leveraging its passion, perspective and position to create space for Canadians to voice their concerns.

Friday, December 13, 2019


12 Days 4 Good Systems Map

On Monday, December 9, the Centre for Peace Advancement helped kick off Kindred Credit Union’s 12 Days 4 Good social media campaign for 2019. 12 Days 4 Good is engaging partners across Waterloo Region by having each of them to designate a day for an act of good that aligns with one of the central themes of this year’s campaign: affordable housing, climate action, or food security.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Further investing in peace with Mitacs funding

Incubator with students

A foundational principle of the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement is that peace is everybody’s business. The Centre has drawn on many different fields and disciplines across the University of Waterloo to catalyze collaboration within the peacebuilding field, and has injected a new energy and interest in advancing peace throughout Waterloo’s innovation ecosystem.

Friday, November 15, 2019

UWaterloo teams navigate success at MEDAx

ERA with MEDA prize

Earlier this month, Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) hosted supporters from all across North America in Tucson, Arizona for their annual convention. MEDA’s work across the globe in sustainable development and international investment attracts a wide range of stakeholders interested in business solutions to poverty.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Katie Gingerich of TREE featured in Ashoka U Stories

Katie Gingerich headshot

Katie Gingerich, Founder and Executive Director of The Ripple Effect Education (TREE), shared a heartfelt reflection describing the key moments in her life where she stopped asking, “Who, me?” and began asking “Why not me?” Katie’s reflection was included as part

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Space Security: The Final Frontier

Cover of the Space Security Index, 2019 Edition

What is space security? To most of us, the concept of space itself is foreign, not to mention broader discussions of the security or governance of space. For Jessica West of Project Ploughshares, space security is anything but abstract. In fact, it is a crucial and urgent conversation for the fields of peacebuilding and international policy.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Reflections on Peace Week 2019

Helen Epp speaks with Nastaran from AccessMate

The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement would like to congratulate the Kitchener-Waterloo community on our most vibrant Peace Week yet!