2018 Instructors

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2018 Instructors


Babu Joseph Ayindo

Babu Joseph Ayindo has two decades of experience as a storyteller, teacher, facilitator, researcher and writer. He has taught short courses in arts-based approaches to peace work in seven peacebuilding institutes in Africa, Asia, the Pacific and North America. He holds an MA in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University, USA and a PhD at the University of Otago, New Zealand.



Paulo Baleinakorodawa

Paulo Baleinakorodawa is the Director and co-founder of Transcend Oceania, a peace organization based in Fiji. Paulo has extensive working experience with government, the security sector, private sector, church and civil society in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and elsewhere. Paulo holds an MA in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University.


Jerry Buckland

Jerry Buckland is Professor of International Development Studies at CMU’s Menno Simons College. His research and teaching areas include research and evaluation methods, financial empowerment community-based development, and rural and Indigenous Peoples’ development. He has more than twenty years of experience in the field and has written numerous books, articles and policy reports. He has been active in payday lending regulation debates in Canada.


Fernando Enns

Fernando Enns is Professor of Theology and Ethics at Vrije Universiteit (Free University) in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Director of the Institute of Peace Church Theology at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Enns is a member of the Mennonite community of Hamburg and Altona and vice chairperson of the Association of Mennonite Churches in Germany (AMG). Since 1998 he is a member of the Central Committee of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and member of the German Ecumenical Study Committee (DÖSTA).


Vicki Enns

Vicki Enns is the Clinical Director of the CTRI, an Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and an instructor at the University of Winnipeg. She is the author or editor of many of CTRI’s training materials, including those on the topics of anxiety, trauma, mindfulness, gender and sexual diversity, ethics and wellness. She believes in a holistic approach to wellness that applies to both clients and helpers.






Roger Epp

Roger Epp is Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta. His research and teaching has involved such diverse subjects as the rural west, settler-indigenous relations, higher education, and theory and ethics in international politics. He was an honorary witness at hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. In 2015 he held a visiting appointment at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil.




Wendy Kroeker

Wendy Kroeker specializes in community conflict transformation processes as an instructor at CMU. She has over 15 years of experience as a community mediator, conflict transformation instructor, consultant, program manager in the Philippines, Bangladesh, Palestine and elsewhere. Wendy is a PhD candidate at the University of Manitoba in Peace and Conflict Studies.



Andrés Pacheco Lozano

Andrés Pacheco Lozano, a Mennonite from Colombia, has worked with JUSTAPAZ (Mennonite Peace organization) and different faith communities in Colombia on topics such as nonviolence, peacebuilding and reconciliation. Andrés holds a Bachelor in Psychology and a Master in Theology. He is currently a PhD Researcher at the Free University Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Student-Assistant of the Amsterdam Center for Religion, Peace and Justice Studies (ACRPJ) affiliated with the Mennonite Seminary of Amsterdam, and Coordinator of the emerging Global Anabaptist Peace Network (Mennonite World Conference). 


Tabitha Martens

Tabitha Martens is a mixed ancestry Cree researcher, educator, writer and student. She is a PhD student at the University of Manitoba, studying Indigenous Food Sovereignty. She spends much of her time on the land, working with her people, and learning traditional Cree food practices. For her stories of the land are incredibly important. She believes in the reclamation of these traditional ways of being through healing and ceremony. Tabitha works for the University of Manitoba in the Faculty of Social Work, the University of Winnipeg and currently on a project with the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association.



Lisa Schirch

Lisa Schirch is a seasoned peacebuilder. She is the North American Research Director for the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research, Senior Policy Advisor with the Alliance for Peacebuilding, and Research Professor at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. A former Fulbright Fellow in East and West Africa, Schirch has conducted conflict assessments and participated in peacebuilding planning alongside local colleagues in over 20 countries including Iraq, Indonesia, Kenya, and Fiji. Schirch has published numerous books, chapters and articles.



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