Conrad Grebel University College
140 Westmount Road North
Waterloo, ON, Canada N2L 3G6
The Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement strives to inspire and equip changemakers by building networks and pathways for high impact careers, catalyzing interdisciplinary teams to spark innovation, and bridging theory and practice by engaging academic, activists, and artists.
Building networks and pathways for high impact careers
Over 90 students have had paid employment with participants in our Centre. These placements not only build important skills and abilities, they provide invaluable pathways into high-impact posititions. Placements with participants in our Centre can open doors by making the right connections with important networks, and help mentor students in their next steps.
Work with us
Check out our Employment and Engagement Opportunities page for jobs in the Centre for Peace Advancement.
Catalyzing interdisciplinary teams to spark innovation
With students in a variety of academic programs, Conrad Grebel University College is a natural incubator for interdisciplinary teams that are able to collaboratively tackle problems from several perspectives. The Centre for Peace Advancement has played a key role in forming, mentoring, or supporting many of these initiatives.
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.
February 5, 2020 - Registration deadline
March 25, 2020 - Final submission deadline
Early April 2020 - UWaterloo campus finals
May 7- 9, 2020 - Canadian finals: location to be announced
June 5 - 7, 2020 - Global finals: University of Oxford, UK
Get credit for Map the System
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.
Bridging theory and practice by engaging academic, activists, and artists
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 or associates at Conrad Grebel University College.
Read more about PeaceTech at the Centre for Peace Advancement.
The Centre for Peace Advancement is located at Conrad Grebel University College, home to Canada's first Peace and Conflict Studies Program. Director Paul Heidebrecht draws on the expertise and connection of the Centre and his previous work history as a mechanical engineer and director of the Mennonite Central Committee Ottawa Office to bridge theory and practice.
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.
Explore contributions that tools and resources from the emerging field of social innovation can make to complex peacebuilding challenges.
Cultivate the knowledge, skills, and sensibility required to engage governmental policies and programs in order to bring about systemic change.
Learn how to leverage peace research for policy responses and social good in the advancing field of technological warfare.
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 highschool.