Who are we?


SHAD is an award-winning enrichment and entrepreneurship program and network that empowers exceptional high school students – at a pivotal point in their education – to recognize their own capabilities and envision their extraordinary potential as tomorrow’s leaders and change makers.


How do we do this? Well, each year, we provide the opportunity for more than 900 students from across Canada and internationally to attend our STEAM-based (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) month-long program, in-residence at one of our Canadian host universities. Upon completion, these students become part of our impressive SHAD network. With a growing total of 17,000+, our network includes 32 Rhodes Scholars,  56 Schulich Leaders, 92 Loran Scholars as well as prominent entrepreneurs, industry leaders and accomplished professionals. Founded in 1980, SHAD is based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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The SHAD team


SHAD Board of Directors


SHAD Program Directors


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What is the SHAD program?


Each of our SHAD campuses offers an immersive program of lectures, workshops, projects and activities. Inside and outside the classroom, SHAD builds on the STEAM foundation, introducing participants to a multi-disciplinary program that offers exposure to big ideas, unique experiences and often leaves students with a new understanding of the world. Speakers include top university professors, business leaders, entrepreneurs and innovators, inspiring students to set aspirational goals. They help students gain confidence and encourage them to find ways to start making a difference. Participants also develop an entrepreneurial mindset by innovating solutions to a big complex issue. This unique experiential learning part of the program includes being challenged with a social or economic problem and working with their peers to bring their solutions to life.


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SHAD is much more than just four weeks


The SHAD experience doesn’t end with the completion of the summer program. There are many benefits to being a SHAD Fellow including being part of an extensive peer-to-peer network of leaders and change makers. Many SHADs have gone to win scholarships and other awards.