CPA January e-newsletter

January 2022

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Interdisciplinary research competition begins at Waterloo

For the fourth year in a row, the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement is hosting the Map the System competition at the University of Waterloo. As students and faculty across campus begin their systems thinking journeys, buzz about this year's competition is growing. Read Interdisciplinary research competition begins at Waterloo to learn more about how Map the System brings together researchers from around the world.


Using data to advance diversity, equity and inclusion

Cassie Myers, founder and CEO of Lunaria, was recently featured by the University of Waterloo for her work in the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) space. Read more about Cassie's entrepreneurial journey in, Using data to advance diversity, equity and inclusion.

Community Developments

Leadership transitions at Tamarack Institute

Tamarack Institute is marking a significant transition within their leadership team:

Paul Born, Tamarack's co-founder and co-CEO is retiring. Paul's colleagues have shared his words of wisdom and stories of his impact in, A Guide to Celebrate Paul Born.

Tamarack is also welcoming new leadership to their team. Danya Pastuszek has been appointed co-CEO of the Tamarack Institute. Read more about Danya's appointment.

Leadership transitions at The Ripple Effect Education

In December 2021, The Ripple Effect Education (TREE) announced that founder and Executive Director Katie Gingerich will be stepping down in Spring 2022. Read the announcement and note the exciting leadership opportunity below.

In a note to her community, Katie shared "When we began initial research and design in 2015, I could not have dreamed how TREE would take shape. I am proud of the community we have formed and the ways we have supported young people in building skills to transform conflict and seek justice over the past six years."

Demine Robotics winds down operations

After over four years of hard work and significant progress in Cambodia, Demine Robotics has made the difficult decision to wind down operations.

In an statement to their community, Demine Robotics CTO Jared Baribeau shared, "Solving big problems faced by humanity requires many people trying many things -- and trying things that don't work is a key contribution to finding the things that do. Now we've got more expertise on how to find those things." Watch for follow-up news items on what's next for Demine's founders.

Upcoming events

Ukraine, NATO and the Future of Transatlantic Security
Join Project Ploughshares for a webinar on the implications of current tensions in Ukraine for US-Russia arms control and security relations on February 1, 2022. For more information and to register, visit the event page.

Roadmap to Systems Thinking Workshop
Join Map the System Campus Lead, Leah Feor for a focused workshop offering a step-by-step guide to Map the System on February 15, 2022. For more information and to register, visit the event page.

The Power of Partnership with Malcolm Gladwell
Join MCC for an evening with Malcolm Gladwell on February 24, 2022. The evening is themed around The Power of Partnership, which describes the essence of MCC's approach to relief, development and peace. Tickets can be purchased for in-person or virtual attendance. For more information, view MCC's event page.

Employment & engagement opportunities

Map the System 2022 Registration
Map the System is a research competition that asks students to select a social or environmental issue and to explore, probe, and research all the connecting elements and factors around it. Registration closes on January 31, 2022. For more information about the competition and to register, visit the Map the System website.

MCC Peace & Justice Student Seminar
From February 22 - 24, 2022 Canadian university/college students can join MCC staff, parliamentarians, and civil society actors to learn about Canada's public discourse and political landscape relating to climate change. Applications to attend this hybrid seminar at the Kitchener MCC office are due by January 31, 2022. For more information, view MCC's event page.

Executive Director of The Ripple Effect Education

The Ripple Effect Education (TREE) develops and facilitates vibrant skill-based programs and workshops to give youth the tools they need to transform conflict and seek justice in their classrooms, families and communities. TREE is seeking a passionate and entrepreneurial leader, educator and peace practitioner to join their team as Executive Director. Applications to apply are due by February 17, 2022. For more information, view the Executive Director job description.

Digital Engagement Specialist at Tamarack Institute
Tamarack Institute is hiring a Digital Engagement Specialist to join their Digital Sales, Engagement & Learning team which supports and oversees digital Marketing and Communications priorities across the organization. To learn more and apply, view the Digital Engagement Specialist job description.

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Students at : If your resolution for 2022 is to more deeply understand a challenge in your community, is the research competition for you! Register to join us on January 18 for a virtual information session.

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