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. 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.

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.

PACS 302: Peacebuilding and Social Innovation

Explore contributions that tools and resources from the emerging field of social innovation can make to complex peacebuilding challenges.

PACS 620: Thinking and Working Politically

Cultivate the knowledge, skills, and sensibility required to engage governmental policies and programs in order to bring about systemic change.

PACS 301: The Future of War and Peace

Learn how to leverage peace research for policy responses and social good in the advancing field of technological warfare.


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.

Key dates

January 22, 2020 - Information session

February 5, 2020 - Registration deadline

March 25, 2020 - Final submission deadline

April 6, 2020 - UWaterloo campus finals

May 7- 9, 2020 - Canadian finals: Montreal, QC

June 5 - 7, 2020 - Global finals: University of Oxford, UK

Get credit for Map the System

PACS 620: Thinking and Working Politically

HLTH 662: Global Health

HLTH 273: Systems Thinking and Health

SDS 388: Globalization and Social Development

INDEV 308: Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

PACS 398: Directed Readings - Contact Rachel Reist for more information.

GBDA 302: Global Digital Project 2

Learn more about Map the System.

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.

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 or associates at Conrad Grebel University College. 

Read more about PeaceTech at the Centre for Peace Advancement.