About Us

We are a Canadian peace research institute with a focus on disarmament efforts and international security, specifically related to the arms trade, emerging military and security technologies, nuclear weapons, and outer space.

Project Ploughshares is the peace research institute of The Canadian Council of Churches. 

Established in 1976, Project Ploughshares operates out of the Kindred Credit Union Centre for Peace Advancement (CPA) at Conrad Grebel University College on the University of Waterloo campus. The CPA is home to University of Waterloo faculty and graduate students, as well as peace-oriented entrepreneurs and established local peacebuilding organizations. Policy work and program implementation are often carried out in collaboration with other nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), in Canada and internationally.

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Cesar Jaramillo

Executive Director
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Branka Marijan

Senior Researcher
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Jessica West

Senior Researcher
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Kelsey Gallagher

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Research Assistants

Ashoke Mohanraj is a second-year law student at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, specializing in Marine and Environmental Law. Ashoke previously worked for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as an Environmental Advisor, where he was responsible for implementing Canada's Greening Government Strategy for the department, which included decarbonization, climate adaptation, and electrifying the National Safety and Security fleet. His research with Project Ploughshares focuses on the nexus between climate, peace, and security, with a particular focus on Arctic governance. 

Mehnaz Morshed works on Climate, Peace, and Security in the Arctic at Project Ploughshares. She witnessed first-hand the effects of climate change over the past three decades in her homeland of Bangladesh, one of the world’s most climate vulnerable countries. She has a Master’s in International Development: Environment, Climate Change and Development from the University of Manchester. In her research papers, she discussed the various policy measures that can address the harmful effects of climate change on livelihood in the Global South. She started her professional career with Save the Children in Bangladesh and subsequently served as a program officer at the US-based NGO Counterpart International.