Rod Friesen

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Rod Friesen
Canada TAB Coordinator
TAB Instructor

Rod works for the Mennonite Central Committee (Ontario) based in Kitchener, located in Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada. He has been Restorative Justice Program Coordinator since May 2017. Over the past 30 years Rod has worked in leadership within non-profit organizations that have supported individuals experiencing homelessness, returning to community after incarceration, and supportive housing. He has also been involved in various community development programs and projects. In addition, he has experience managing an online knowledge exchange network for service providers developing best practices in early child development and the social determinates of health.

Rod is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and has a Masters Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the Conrad Grebel College/University of Waterloo. He has completed certificate programs in non-profit management, human resources management, conflict management and mediation. In addition, Rod has an extensive background in training and development within roles he has held. He has delivered various restorative justice and peacebuilding trainings within Canada and Zambia.

The organization Rod works for engages in relief, development and peacebuilding. Rod became involved in Training Active Bystanders in September 2019 and launched the Canada TAB Hub. This Hub is made up of six partner organizations and 30 TAB Trainers. He believes wholeheartedly in the TAB program as an approach to responding effectively to harm and views the program as applied peacebuilding.