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 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 with disabilities and in BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ communities 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.

Neil Pasricha

Neil Pasricha

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

Cathy Han

Founder & CEO, 42 Technologies Shad 2006
Nana-Owusua Kwamena

Nana-Owusua Kwamena

Environmental Risk Assessment Specialist, Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission Shad 1996
Christina Stachulak

Christina Stachulak

Senior Policy Advisor, National Research Council Canada Shad 1996
Ali Asaria

Ali Asaria

CEO, Tulip Shad 1997
Dean Prevost

Dean Prevost

President, Rogers for Business Shad 1985
Sarah Gauthier

Sarah Gauthier

Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan College of Engineering Shad 1994
Darlene Lim

Darlene Lim

Research Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center Shad 1989
Jay Shah

Jay Shah

Director, Velocity Shad 2005
Emily Ma

Emily Ma

Lead in Food Systems, X, the moonshot factory Shad 1998
Andrew Sloss

Andrew Sloss

Founder and CEO, Owl Practice Shad 1989

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.