Our Story

PeaceQuest was founded in 2012 in Kingston by an inspiring group of peace educators and activists committed to promoting peace through education, the arts, policy advocacy, and faithful action. Since then, it has grown to include local community groups, partners and supporters across Canada, and the PeaceQuest Leadership and Education Initiative was established in 2020.


Steven Staples

Board member and Chairperson

Steven has over 30 years of experience in community organizations and the labour movement, and is the founder of the Rideau Institute, a non-profit, independent research, advocacy and consulting group based in Ottawa that specializes in defence and foreign affairs policy. It’s public engagement and advocacy arm is Ceasefire.ca.

Steven Staples is a Board Member of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Peace Bureau, the world’s oldest and largest peace network. He is also serving his third consecutive term on the Members’ Council of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. In 2018, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Council of Canadians, the country’s largest social justice organization.