This month, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Ontario hosted their annual Peace Conference. This event included sessions, workshops and conversations about MCC's peacebuilding work around the world. Growing Hope Farm, a participant in the CPA's Epp Peace Incubator Program, hosted one of the workshops. The participants were excited to learn about the ways that Growing Hope Farm is promoting community connection and social belonging. Want to know more about Growing Hope Farm? Visit the Growing Hope Farm website.
Cesar Jaramillo named one of "Ten Most Influential Hispanic Canadians"
On November 2 Cesar Jaramillo, Executive Director of Project Ploughshares, was honoured as one of TD's 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians. As a part of his work at Project Ploughshares, Cesar has been involved in a wide range of advocacy efforts. Cesar has published articles for reputable news sources like the Toronto Star and has represented civil society on important issues at the United Nations. We thank Cesar for all his efforts to advance peace around the world, and are grateful to have him as a part of the CPA community! Read more about the work of Project Ploughshares in one of our latest news items.
Fostering a future of social innovators
Each year, the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) hosts an annual convention to engage its supporters. This year's convention, hosted in Indianapolis, Indiana, held the inaugural $5K pitch competition. SheLeads founder Cassie Myers and a team from Conrad Grebel University College, focusing on women's health, competed as finalists for this year's competition. From applications to ideation, CPA Director Paul Heidebrecht offered both teams guidance and coaching throughout the process. Read more about the teams' experiences on our website.
In November, Project Ploughshares and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots hosted an event on ethics and autonomous weapons, and the role of tech for good. Ryan Gariepy, Chief Technology Officer of Clearpath Robotics, spoke about ethical concerns surrounding "killer robots" and the need for an international treaty banning these weapons systems. Students from Paul Heidebrecht's Engineering and Peace class attended the event to learn about role of PeaceTech on a global scale.
Tamarack announces $2 million partnership agreement
The Tamarack Institute hosted a special coffee break in the Grebel Gallery to announce a new $2 million partnership agreement with Employment and Social Development Canada. The 4-year partnership will increase their capacity to offer learning support to cities, more effectively measure the impact of its networks' poverty reduction efforts, and advance the work of Canadian cities reducing poverty and deepening community. At the coffee break, the CPA was joined by many Tamarack staff, members of the Grebel community, as well as Karen Redman, Chair of Waterloo Region. Congratulations Tamarack!
Saving land, limbs, and lives A spotlight on Demine Robotics
Since joining the Epp Peace Incubator in 2016, Demine Robotics has experienced both challenges and successes in its peacebuilding work. This past year has been a particularly busy one for the startup, with another year of exciting developments on the horizon. Among many other things in 2018, Demine expanded its team, met with government officials and supporters of their work, shipped its third landmine excavator prototype to Cambodia, and began live munition testing with the Cambodian Peacekeeping Forces. Coming up in December, Demine will continue field trials with the latest iteration of its excavator.
Doug Blair, CFO of Demine Robotics, shared, "Demine Robotics had an exciting year in 2018! We're encouraged to see momentum building in support from key stakeholders and we successfully tested our solutions to unearth active landmines and other explosives! We look forward to 2019 as we continue field-testing with landmine clearance organizations in Cambodia, as well as build capacity to expand our operations."
Classes are wrapping up, but the CPA is still in full swing. In December, the CPA will host a meeting with our Research Hub, connect with the on-campus Innovation Ecosystem, and engage with the CPA Mentorship Circle. There is always lots happening at the CPA!
Join us for a reception to celebrate the upcoming Grebel Gallery exhibit "Gichitwaawizi'igewin: Honouring," an exhibit that re-examines Indigenous values in animals and plant life, vilified by contemporary Western settler culture. Hear about the exhibit from artist Catherine Dallaire. Please register for the event to let us know that you will be attending.
Quote of the month
"One of the reasons change happens is that people work hard, really hard. Being persistent, if not relentless, is the key." -CPA Director Paul Heidebrecht speaking at Conrad Grebel
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