The SHAD experience is a lifelong experience and begins with our month-long summer program, which will show you what you can achieve if you think big and pursue your extraordinary potential.
Each year, top-performing Grades 10, 11 and 12 students (Secondaire IV, V, or CEGEP 1 in Quebec) or the international equivalent, compete for a place in the month-long program, which is focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) disciplines. Approximately 700 students are accepted annually to participate and live in-residence on one of our host university campuses across Canada during the July program.
“SHAD is a time in your life when anything you think of can become a reality. I really believe if you go through high school without SHAD, you’re not getting the complete experience. It’s that essential. You have to go!” - Bruce Gao, SHAD '12
SHAD provides the unique opportunity to explore a university campus while still in high school, and experience higher learning in a supportive yet challenging environment. Included are lectures, seminars and workshops, presentations by industry leaders, working in teams to simulate a ‘startup’ project, and recreational activities.
The SHAD Entrepreneurship Challenge is part of the program: teams of participants will collaborate, innovate and create a product or service by applying scientific principles, engineering a prototype, and developing business and marketing plans. A winning team is selected at each campus to polish off their projects for the SHAD - John Dobson Entrepreneurship Cup held each fall.
SHAD participants are also eligible for a summer volunteer internship for the month of August, immediately following the July
in-residence university program.
Students who are offered a place in the program are well-rounded, emerging leaders who demonstrate their initiative, creativity and entrepreneurial flair even before attending the program. Most are high academic achievers and are also participating in extra-curricular activities. There is no cost to apply, and any student interested in participating is encouraged to submit an application. Opportunities are available for those with proven financial need, eliminating barriers to participation.