The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement strives to inspire and equip students to be changemakers by:


Map the System group pitchingCatalyzing interdisciplinary teams to spark innovation

Students at the Drone Gallery LaunchBridging theory and practice by engaging academics, activists, and artists

Branka and Cesar with student at 2017 Opportunities FairBuilding networks and pathways for high impact careers


Ways to get involved:  


Academic Courses

The Centre for Peace Advancement is located at Conrad Grebel University College, home to Canada's first Peace and Conflict Studies Program. The following courses are taught by Centre for Peace Advancement staff and research fellows.

Fall 2020 Course Offerings

PACS 315: Engineering and Peace

Learn why the kinds of problems engineers seek to address, and the ways they seek to address them, should matter for anyone interested in advancing peace in the world. Taught by Centre for Peace Advancement Director Paul Heidebrecht.

PACS 329/LS 344: Restorative Justice (PDF)

This is a seminar course investigating the history, theory, principles, practices and people of restorative justice. Taught by Centre for Peace Advancement Coordinator Michelle Jackett and Community Justice Initiatives Executive Director Chris Cowie.

PACS 203/HIST 232: A History of Peace Movements

This course is a survey of individuals and groups that have created popular movements for peace globally and locally throughout history. The scope will be international, with a particular focus on the 19th, 20th and 21st century movements. The choice of peace movements will allow for a contrast in comparison of ideology, strategy, and impact. Taught by Centre for Peace Advancement Research Fellow Marlene Epp.

PACS 325: Refugees and Forced Migration (PDF)

This course will draw on case studies from past and present to understand why people flee their homelands to seek refuge elsewhere or are forced to migrate. The course will examine policy and practice of governments, non-governmental organizations, as well as the attitudes, values, and language embedded in the state, media, and civil society which shape local and global responses to refugee movements. Taught by Centre for Peace Advancement Research Fellow Marlene Epp.

Employment and Engagement Opportunities

Check out our Employment and Engagement Opportunities page for jobs in the Centre for Peace Advancement.

Read about Charity and Grace's experiences as Communications Assistant in the Centre for Peace Advancement.


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.

Read more about the 2018 MEDAx team.

Read more about the 2019 MEDAx team.


Pandemic Challenge

In response to the global health crisis, the Centre for Peace Advancement has partnered with Concept by Velocity for the Pandemic Challenge. The Challenge encourages students to develop their ideas related to the many widespread challenges emerging as a result of COVID-19. The Challenge involves a series of workshops, one-on-one coaching, and the opportunity to apply for both the Pandemic Challenge Fund $3K and Concept $5K Pitch Competition.

Learn more about the Pandemic Challenge.

Register by Friday May 22nd.


Peace Innovators Scholarship and Mentoring Program

The Peace Innovators Scholarship and Mentoring Program is 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.


PeaceTech Living-Learning Community

The PeaceTech Living-Learning Community is a community of students from diverse disciplines that explores the intersection of peacebuilding and technology - critically reflecting on the social impact of technology, and fostering the creation of "tech for good."

The community is made of first - fifth year undergraduate students who are residents, virtual residents, or associates at Conrad Grebel University College. 

Read more about PeaceTech at the Centre for Peace Advancement.