Director named for MSCU Centre for Peace Advancement

July 17, 2014 | Web First
Conrad Grebel University College
Waterloo, Ont.
Paul Heidebrecht

Paul Heidebrecht has been named director of the new Mennonite Savings and Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement (CPA) at Conrad Grebel University College.

Heidebrecht spent five years as the Ottawa Office director of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Canada, where he guided MCC’s efforts to shape government policies on behalf of program partners in relief, development and peacebuilding. Prior to that, he completed a master of arts degree in theological studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) and a doctorate in theological ethics at Marquette University.

The position with the CPA will be complemented with other teaching and research work at Grebel. Heidebrecht says he plans to spend “significant time and energy introducing the CPA to the University of Waterloo, the local community, and to the broader academic church and civil society networks in Canada and globally. . . . In addition to collaborating with familiar partners like Project Ploughshares and MCC, I'm looking forward to establishing a whole host of new relationships.”

In 2011, a $1 million gift from the Credit Union was announced to add the CPA to the academic building expansion, just opened on June 22. The CPA will celebrate its opening on Sept. 21, the International Day of Peace.

—Conrad Grebel University College

--Posted July 17, 2014

Paul Heidebrecht

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