Staff & Advisory Council

CSOP Staff

Wendy Kroeker is Co-Director of the Canadian School of Peacbuilding and a Peace and Conflict Transformation Studies instructor  at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU). She is also a doctoral student at the University of Manitoba in Peace and Conflict studies. She came to CMU from the field of international development as the Latin America Program Manager for Canadian Lutheran World Relief. As well, Wendy brings long-term experience as a workplace/community mediator in North America and facilitator at international peacebuilding schools such as the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute and the Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute. Wendy holds an M.A. in Theology from MBBS (Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary), a certificate in mediation from Mediation Services and course work in the area of Religion and Conflict at the EMU (Eastern Mennonite University) Summer Peacebuilding Institute. Wendy has facilitated trainings with community organizations in the Philippines, Burma/Myanmar, Indonesia, Cambodia, Bangladesh, India and other locations in Asia.


Valerie Smith is Co-Director of the Canadian School of Peacebuilding.  She has worked with the CSOP for the last five years and prior to that she worked with Mennonite Central Committee for three years in Bosnia and Herzegovina, working with a local relief and development agency and teaching peace studies at the Novi Sad Theological College.  She has taught writing and served as an editor in a variety of settings and she is currently co-editing a collection of essays by CSOP instructors.  She has a BTh from Canadian Mennonite Bible College, a BA in philosophy from the University of Manitoba and a MDiv from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary.


CSOP Advisory Council

Dan Epp-Tiessen is Associate Professor of Bible at CMU where he has taught since 1998. Dan has also worked as a pastor, and from 1982–86 he served with Mennonite Central Committee in the Philippines, in a rural area beset by land-grabbing, human rights violations, and civil war. His current teaching and research interests include Old Testament prophecy, apocalyptic literature, Pentateuch, and preaching, with particular focus on how biblical materials intersect with contemporary issues of peace and justice, personal healing, creation care, consumerism, and resistance to forces of empire. Dan is a frequent speaker in churches on issues related to grief and loss, and recently helped teach a course at the Africa Peacebuilding Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa on Anabaptist perspectives on peace and justice. Dan holds an MA from the University of Manitoba and a PhD from the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto.


Neil Funk-Unrau is Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution Studies at Menno Simons College and has taught courses in the MSC Conflict Resolution Studies program at CMU and at the University of Winnipeg since 2000.  His teaching and research interests include relations with indigenous peoples, indigenous and restorative justice, public apologies, and other processes for post-conflict reconciliation.  In addition to his current teaching responsibilities at MSC, Neil has also taught courses and lectured on restorative justice and public apologies in Germany, Croatia and Lithuania.  He also currently serves as a Board member of the Canadian Restorative Justice Consortium.  Neil holds an MA in Peace Studies from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries and a Ph.D in Social Sciences from Syracuse University.


Kenton Lobe is a teacher/practitioner at heart and until recently balanced his teaching in International Development Studies at Canadian Mennonite University with international advocacy work on agriculture and hunger. His six years as Policy Advisor at Canadian Foodgrains Bank, an international development NGO, examined the structural injustices that surround hunger, focusing in particular on international agricultural trade, the human right to food, and development assistance for small-scale farmers in the global South. The politics of people and place surrounding current discourses of food justice continue to shape Kenton’s imagination and academic interests. On the practical side, he is a current board member for USC Canada, a co-founder of the Manitoba Food Charter, a founding member of Canadian Mennonite University's community garden, and is currently working with students and alumni  as part of the CMU Farmers' Collective –  an on-campus 20 share urban CSA vegetable farm.


Kerry Saner-Harvey is the Program Coordinator for the Indigenous Neighbours Program of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Manitoba.  He has served with MCC for the last 9 years, including working with First Nations youth in Cranberry Portage, Manitoba, and doing restorative justice, community building and advocacy work in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador.  More recently Kerry worked as a peacebuilding advisor in Dhaka, Bangladesh, to a team developing an adult peacebuilding education initiative for local organizations.  Trauma awareness, nonviolence theory, comparative theologies and music are other areas of continued interest and pursuit.    Kerry completed graduate work at Harvard Divinity School and the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University.  Kerry also studied in Amman, Jordan, spent time in various Middle East and Asian countries and has worked as a youth pastor and mental health worker.