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Our partners

Grebel is committed to fostering meaningful relationships that enrich the college community. 

Relationship with Mennonite Church Eastern Canada

In the early 1960s, the recently established University of Waterloo offered Mennonites in Ontario an invitation to establish a Mennonite college alongside three other church colleges on its new campus. Three Ontario conferences who were part of the Kitchener-Waterloo Inter-Mennonite Ministers Fellowship worked together to establish Conrad Grebel College. Today, those conferences are part of Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC), the governing body that elects a majority of the College's Board of Governors. Grebel partners with MCEC on many projects, most notably, the Anabaptist Learning Workshop.

Relationship with the University of Waterloo

For 50 years, Conrad Grebel has enjoyed a special relationship with the University of Waterloo. In 1963, the fledgling Engineering school invited Mennonites of Ontario to sponsor a liberal arts college on its campus. Today, over 4000 Waterloo students take classes at Grebel each year, making the college a diverse community. In the residence, approximately 50% of the students are Mennonite, the rest come from a variety of faith backgrounds and no faith backgrounds.


All students who live and study at Conrad Grebel University College are registered at, take classes throughout, and graduate from, the prestigious University of Waterloo. In both the residence and classrooms at Grebel you will find students from all faculties of Waterloo. Some take most of their classes at Conrad Grebel, while others just take one or two that are of special interest.


Students who want to live at Grebel must also be accepted to study at the University of Waterloo. Grebel is the only residence on campus where first year students and upper year students live together. This continuity builds a strong community where friendships grow and last a lifetime.

Students who wish to live a Grebel, must fill out an application and participate in an interview process.


Affiliate Organizations

Brubacher House

The Brubacher House Museum is a distinguished home built in 1850 by John E. Brubacher, a Pennsylvania German Mennonite settler. In 1979, the University of Waterloo officially opened the house as a museum in recognition of the university's location on what was once Mennonite farmland. The museum is operated by Conrad Grebel University College and the Mennonite Historical Society of Ontario.

Centre for Family Business

The goals of the Centre for Family Business are to help build strong, profitable companies by strengthening and maintaining healthy families. A unique combination of business and family resources make the centre a vital authority for family enterprises.

Project Ploughshares

Since its founding in 1976, Project Ploughshares has promoted the concept of "common security": that security is the product of mutuality, not competition; that peace must be nurtured rather than guarded; that stability requires the reduction of threat and elevation of trust; and that sustainability depends on participatory decision-making rather than on exclusion and control. Project Ploughshares promotes disarmament and demilitarization, the peaceful resolution of political conflict, and the pursuit of security based on equity, justice, and a sustainable environment.

DaCapo Chamber Choir

DaCapo is a community chamber choir formed in the fall of 1998. The choir began as a group of 13 singers dedicated to exploring unaccompanied music mainly of the 20th Century, and has now stabilized at sixteen singers, four per section. The performance season consists of three annual concerts in Kitchener-Waterloo, one in fall around Remembrance Day, a mid-winter and a spring concert. Additionally, the choir performs on an ad hoc basis at other events.

Ontario Mennonite Music Camp

Offered each August, Ontario Mennonite Music Camp is a two-week, live-in musical experience at Grebel. The camp provides musically motivated children between the ages of twelve and sixteen with an appreciation for the musical heritage of the Christian church.

Inter-Mennonite Children's Choir

The Inter-Mennonite Children's Choir provides an opportunity for children age eight to sixteen to enjoy singing and performing in the context of a choir school. The Children's Choir is administered by a group of parent volunteers.