Our Team

Honorary Chair
Ziauddin Yousafzai Father of Malala Yousafzai - Nobel Laureate 2014 & UN Special Advisor on Global Education, UK.
Board of Director
Ann Armstrong, PhD
GPCC  Chair and Director, Social Enterprise Initiative at the Rotman School of Management, Toronto.
Khalid Usman, CA
GPCC Treasurer and Principal Khalid Usman Chattered Accountancy, Markham.
 Jahan Zeb, MA, Peace and Conflict Studies
GPCC Co-Founder,  and Secretary to the GPCC Board.
Anne Pearson, PhD
Professor of Religious and Peace Studies at McMaster University, Hamilton.
Elham Farah, M.Ed.
School Teacher with Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, Hamilton.
Ernie Ginsler, MSW
Chair, Peace Initiatives, Rotary International District 7080, Waterloo.
Nathan Funk, PhD
Chair of the Peace and Conflict Studies Department at the University of Waterloo's Conrad Grebel University College.
Ziauddin Yousafzai
Ziauddin Yousafzai Ziauddin is an Honorary Chair of the Global Peace Centre Canada. He is an educator, the co-founder and co-chair of the Malala Fund, and the United Nations Special Advisor on Global Education.  Ziauddin received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo in 2015.

Ann Armstrong, PhD



Ann is Academic Director, Business Edge Program for Internationally Educated Professionals at the Rotman School of Management and is also on the faculty of the Institute of Management and Innovation, the University of Toronto at Mississauga. Ann served as the Director of the Social Enterprise Initiative for many years  at the Rotman School of Management. NN received her PhD from the University of Toronto. Dr. Armstrong's vision for GPCC's work is "usingthe power of education to inspire peaceful connections among people". 

Nathan Funk, PhD
Nathan Funk is an associate professor of Peace and Conflict Studies, and Chair of the Peace and Conflict Studies Department at the University of Waterloo's Conrad Grebel University College.He has served on the boards of two Canadian NGOs, Project Ploughshares and Peacebuild: The Canadian Peacebuilding Network, and currently acts as a board member for the Peace and Conflict Studies Association of Canada.  He has authored a number of writings on peacebuilding and international conflict resolution, with a special focus on the contemporary Middle East, Islamic-Western relations, identity conflict, sustained dialogue, and the role of cultural and religious factors in localized peacebuilding and social change processes.
Ernie Ginsler, MSW
CEO of  Ginsler & Associates in Kitchener, Canada. Ernie brings over 40 years' experience in policy analysis and development, community development, human services planning, and community capacity building to bear on today's most challenging community issues. Ernie works with community organizations, donors, governments, and businesses in such areas as homelessness, hunger, community research, and multi-sector coordination and collaboration. Ernie writes about his vision for GPCC " I see GPCC having a vital role in researching, developing, and disseminating implantable knowledge, skills, and strategies to help develop cultures of peace around the world. It will be a key partner in establishing a cluster of peace-oriented organizations in and around Waterloo Region that will become recognized as the world’s centre for peace building."
Khalid Usman, CA
Khalid is principal of his own chartered accountancy firm since 1985. Khalid is one of Canada’s most prolific volunteers, peace activists and fundraisers. Driven by a passion for making a difference, he inspires others to action to support these worthy causes. Since the early 1970s, Khalid has spearheaded numerous successful fundraising efforts for community projects. Khalid has devoted his adult life to the cause of human dignity, social justice, interfaith understanding, and peace. For his extensive community service, Khalid has been recogniseded both provincially and internationally. He is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship and the Tamgha-e-Khidmat, Pakistan’s equivalent to the Order of Canada.
Anne Pearson, PhD
 Specializing in South Asian religions, Anne M Pearson taught for many years in the Department of Religious Studies at McMaster University. She is the author of 'Because it gives me peace of mind'--Ritual Fasts in the Religious Lives of Hindu Women, and a number of articles and book chapters on topics including Hinduism in Canada. She has also taught courses on Gandhi, and on the theory and practice of nonviolence. She is a trained community mediator, and has been involved with numerous community groups and boards, including as Chair of the Hamilton Interfaith Peace Group, chair of the interfaith advisory committee to the Hamilton-Wentworth School Board, member of the United Nations Association Hamilton branch, board member of Empowerment Squared and  Pearson College in British Columbia. Anne is grand-daughter of Lester B. Pearson, the only prime minister of Canada who was awarded Nobel Peace Prize.

Jahan Zeb, MA 

Jahan Zeb Photo Jahan Zeb is a founding member of the GPCC where he is facilitating the development of peace education curricula, peace skills training. Jahan completed his M.A. in peace and conflict studies at the University of Waterloo. His graduate work focused on peace and development issues in conflict affected communities. Jahan has been involved in and responsible for developing strategies for dealing with local and regional peacebuilding through peace education, conflict transformation and partnership building in Canada and conflict-affected countries. He has experience with the government in Pakistan, the Gandhi Peace Festival at McMaster University, the City of Hamilton, and Conrad Grebel University College. He contributed to the "I Am Malala: A Resource Guide for Educators" developed at the Global Women Institute of the George Washington University. He is advising chair of the Malala Fund on various issues related to women and peace. Jahan is a member of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Participation in Peacebuilding.
Past Board Members
Neil Arya, MD: Family Physician Kitchener-Waterloo, and President of the Canadian Physicians for Research and Education in Peace.
Roger Trull, HBA: President, Leadership in Philanthropy located in Ancaster, Canada and Retired Vice-President Advancement, McMaster University.
Wanda Bedard, MBA: President and Founder, 60 Million Girls Foundation, Montreal.
Colleen Willard-Holt, PhD: Dean of the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo.
Chinenye Chukwuma-Nwuba, MA: Graduate from the Master in Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Conrad Grebel  College, Waterloo.
Candace (Candi) Harrington, CFRE: Senior Development Officer, Faculty of Math at the University of Waterloo.
Lowell Ewert, LLM: Director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo.
Doug Lrtson, C.M., PhD, LLD.:  Past President, St. Jerome’s University, Waterloo.
Katherine Bergman, PhD: President, St. Jerome’s University, Waterloo.
Elham Farah, MEd: The Director of Special Projects –Hasty Market Limited, a chain of convenience stores across Ontario.
Kara Klassen, MA:Project Manager, Mennonite Economic Development Associates, Waterloo.
Kelly Brown, MA, Past Education Coordinator, GPCC
Past Volunteer Interns: Adam Moreash and Nolan Kraszkiewicz