We take youth to the next level.
They take it further.

Shad is a month-long program for grade 10 & 11s. Pan-Canadian classrooms with university level STEAM and entrepreneurship content and access to mentors. Selection process in place. Limited spots available.

This isn’t a summer camp.
This is your next level
life experience.

At Shad students participate in hands-on learning, collaborate in design teams, explore post-secondary institutions, engage with academic and entrepreneurial mentors, experience vulnerability training, and meet some of the most passionate dreamers in Gen Z.

Why Shad:

#LifeChanging #Transformative #IncreasedConfidence #AllTheThings #NewPassions #LikeMindedPeers #GrowthMindset #MoreCareerOptions #FilledWithDreamers

We know diversity matters.
That’s why we create
purposeful community
at Shad.

At Shad students collaborate and build meaningful relationships outside of their home province. Each campus, and each design team, has a mix of rural and urban participants from diverse economic backgrounds. Students learn the value of their own perspective and the differing perspectives of those around them.

Community goes beyond diversity and requires inclusivity. We are purposeful about reaching students in black, Indigenous and 2SLGBTQ+ communities and students with disabilities that are traditionally underrepresented. We make sure there are multiple perspectives and diverse strengths in a learning environment like no other.

Partnership with Pathways to Education and Minerva and connections with regional school boards, educators, guidance counsellors and STEM organizations help us recruit students from all parts of Canada. And thanks to supportive donors we can provide $1-million in bursaries most years.

We use STEAM as a force for Good. #STEAM4Good.

We equip youth to take on social and economic challenges with a STEAM lens. Each campus tackles the same real-world problem and designated design teams, with assigned mentors, develop STEAM-based solutions. Products, pitches, presentations to panels, this is an entrepreneurial experience with a social impact twist. And one of the most loved aspects of our program.

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Real connections, real fast. Shad’s Alumni Network is also part of the package.

The #Shadpride lives on years after the program is complete. Program participants join Shad’s Alumni Network. With 19,000 members, this group has access to exclusive scholarships, events and career nights. And like typical professional networks it is a breeding ground for career advice, business opportunities, sharing knowledge and like-minded friendship. Nice perk.

Shad to NASA: A Research
Scientist reroutes her passions
and helps astronauts
explore space

Darlene Lim has spent the past 16 years leading field investigations in deep oceans, deserts, lakes, polar regions and volcanic landscapes. Despite taking place all around the world, the projects are actually more telling about life far beyond our borders, even our planet.

Darlene Lim is a Research Scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center in California. With expertise in geobiology, space science and science operations, her work aims to help astronauts conduct scientific exploration as they return to the Moon and move onwards to Mars.

Elaine Wong

Elaine Wong

Drug Development and Strategy Consultant Shad1988
Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé

Teresa Vander Meer-Chassé

Artist, Curator and Consultant Shad2009
Paul Heuts

Paul Heuts

Vice President Finance, Shawcor Automotive and Industrial Segment at Shawcor Shad2002
Cindy Soo

Cindy Soo

Global Innovation & Co-Creation Matrix Manager, IKEA Shad1991
Paula Piilonen

Paula Piilonen

Research Scientist, Mineralogy, Canadian Museum of Nature Shad1992
Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith

Author and Senior Consultant, NOREF Norwegian Centre for Conflict Resolution, International Crisis Group Shad1997
Emily Jones Joanisse

Emily Jones Joanisse

CEO and Co-Founder, Connected Canadians Shad1997
Amit Virmani

Amit Virmani

Founder and CEO, Naveco Power Incorporated Shad2005
Primrose-Chareka

Primrose-Chareka

Software Engineer, Google Shad2013
Anne-Robinson

Anne-Robinson

Chief Strategy Officer, Kinaxis Shad1992
Nana-Owusua Kwamena

Nana-Owusua Kwamena

Environmental Risk Assessment Specialist, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Shad 1996
Rohit Ramchandani

Rohit Ramchandani

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Global Health InnovationShad1999
Neil Pasricha

Neil Pasricha

Best-selling author, Book of Awesome series Founder, Institute for Global Happiness Shad 1998
Emily Ma

Emily Ma

Lead in Food Systems, X, the moonshot factory Shad 1998
Jay Shah

Jay Shah

Director, Velocity Shad 2005

Life after Shad

Shad alumni across North America, and around the world, are leading businesses, making discoveries, innovating and using STEAM as a force for good. Meet some of the alumni in our Network who are making a difference.