Two students pitching at the Map the System competition

Catalyzing interdisciplinary teams to spark innovation

A group of people talking in the Peace Incubator

Providing meaningful engagement opportunities 

Cesar from Project Ploughshares talking to students at an information booth

Building networks and pathways for students that facilitate high impact careers

With so many programs and diverse community partnerships, there is always something exciting happening at the Centre for Peace Advancement! This page is regularly updated with current and upcoming opportunities for employment, engagement, academics, and more. See the Events page for upcoming ways to get involved. 

If you are a student looking for specific engagement opportunities, see the "Students" section.

For program-specific information and important dates visit: 



Conflict Management Certificate

Each person can learn how to deal with conflict in a healthy, effective manner. By participating in this continuing education program offered by Conrad Grebel University College, you can earn a certificate in Conflict Management and Mediation, or Conflict Management and Congregational Leadership.

Customized training can also be developed for your organization. Please visit the Conflict Mangement Certificate Program website or email Susan Baker for more information. 


Whether by taking courses, volunteering, participating in research competitions or taking advantage of employment opportunities, there are plenty of ways for students to get involved with the Centre. Read testimonials about the student experience at the Centre for Peace Advancement.

Ways to get involved:

Volunteer Opportunities

At this time, there are no available volunteer opportunities.

This section will be updated when opportunities become available.

Academic Courses

Peace and Conflict Studies at UWaterloo

Map the System

Beginning in 2018, the Centre for Peace Advancement has been coordinating the University of Waterloo's participation in Map the System, a global competition that challenges you to think differently. This is not a pitch competition, but rather a discovery process for students of any discipline who have an interest in social and environmental change.

Tackling global challenges starts with understanding a problem and its wider context by exploring, probing, and researching all of the connecting elements and factors around it.

Learn more about Map the System.

Read about Map the System 2019-2020.

Read about Map the System 2018-2019.


Each fall, Conrad Grebel University College sends a team to the MEDAx Pitch Competition. This competition is for next generation of start-ups  that aligns with Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) values. It is held in the spirit of MEDA’s mission and vision, to encourage and foster social-minded innovation, a space in which MEDA has over 60 years of experience. The Centre for Peace Advancement is active in building, supporting and mentoring the team.

Peace Innovators Scholarship and Mentoring Program

The Peace Innovators Scholarship and Mentoring Programis a year-long program that equips young leaders with skills to tackle a problem they are passionate about in their community. This program is open to students entering their final year of high school.