Dr. Edmund Pries (Ph.D.) is Assistant Professor of Global Studies, Social Entrepreneurship, Religion and Culture and Community Engagement at Wilfrid Laurier University where his teaching is centered in the area of Peace and Conflict Studies (including: Disarmament, International Humanitarian Law), Religion and Social Innovation/Entrepreneurship. His research focuses on religion and peace/conflict and on social contracts derived from citizenship oaths and military enlistment oaths. He also researches and writes on pedagogy. In addition to his academic career, Edmund has been a successful business entrepreneur (also a social entrepreneur) and a university development consultant. Edmund is the recipient of two awards for teaching excellence: from Wilfrid Laurier University (2011) and from the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (2014). He is the co-chair of the Peace and Justice Studies Association (Canada & US) and on the founding board of the newly-formed Peace and Conflict Studies Association of Canada. In addition to various articles, he recently co-edited the book Peace Studies between Tradition and Innovation (2015). A personal goal he realized last year was to walk across northern Spain along the ancient pilgrimage route known as El Camino de Santiago de Compostela – a trek of 900 km.