The Grebel 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 Andres

Nolan Andres HeadshotNolan (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 Matto

Tania headshotTania 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.


Jane Humphries

Jane Humphries HeadshotJane excels at bringing people together to build consensus, collectively turn vision into meaningful action and helping community leaders achieve their full potential. 

Jane is a trusted and strategic advisor in leadership development and community building with more than 25 years of experience in the philanthropic sector. As the past VP, Knowledge and Foundation Development for Community Foundations of Canada she oversaw the national professional development program for Canada’s 191 community foundations. Jane’s particular expertise focused on creating executive leadership development programs and embedding social innovation in the work of community philanthropy.   

A skilled facilitator, Jane works closely with an organization’s staff and senior volunteers, leading strategic thinking that brings vision and mission to achievable outcomes and providing coaching and mentoring to help senior leaders achieve their full potential.

Jane provides mentoring and support to help women entrepreneurs and innovative social enterprises start, grow and thrive through her coaching work with Innovation Guelph. 

Jane has worked extensively with community philanthropy organizations across Canada and internationally. She is a past board member of Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS) and has conducted workshops and been a guest presenter at meetings, peer learning events and conferences in the USA, Brazil, South Africa, Thailand, UK, Ireland and Europe. Jane has a Masters of Management from McGill University, Montreal.


Rachel Thompson

Rachel headshotRachel 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.