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 hometown. 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 Black Boys Code and connections with regional school boards, educators, guidance counsellors, community and social change organizations and STEM organizations help us recruit students from all parts of Canada. And thanks to supportive donors we can provide $1-million in bursaries and scholarships 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 22,000 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.

ToddKuiack

ToddKuiack

Director of Operations, (DG) Privy Council Office and Member of BlueJays Foundation Indigenous Advisory Committee Shad1985
BareeraKamran

BareeraKamran

University of Manitoba Undergraduate Student Shad2020
Adil-Kassam

Adil-Kassam

Principal Scientist, Chemist, Engineer Shad1995
KseniaEic

KseniaEic

Architect Shad2003
Lane-Tredger

Lane-Tredger

Member of Yukon Legislative Assembly Shad2006
Jefferson-Chen

Jefferson-Chen

Director and Co-founder | Lafiya Nigeria Shad2015
Amanda-Kwok

Amanda-Kwok

Founder & Leadership Coach, Quiet Leader Co and Founder & Strategic Advisor, Arcana Shad2006
Sanj Sathiyamoorthy

Sanj Sathiyamoorthy

Educator and Equity and Design Specialist Shad1992
Primrose Chareka

Primrose Chareka

Software Engineer, Google Shad2013
Ishita-Mann

Ishita-Mann

Social Entrepreneur, Youngest Saskatchewan Volunteer Medalist, Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medalist, Top 29 Under 29, Founder of YHYSaskatchewan, University of Saskatchewan Students' Union (USSU) President Shad2019
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

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.