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.

Read about Charity and Grace's experiences as Communications Assistant 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.

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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

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

PACS 620: Thinking and Working Politically

HLTH 662: Global Health

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.

Bridging theory and practice by engaging academic, activists, and artists

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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.

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.

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.