SHAD’s mission is to provide a transformational experience that enhances the entrepreneurial and innovative potential of exceptional youth. SHAD believes that intellectual gifts alone don’t guarantee personal and professional success. The investment of time and resources in these future leaders is comparable to investment in top-performing athletes, ensuring that they will be gold medal winners in their fields of endeavour and help Canada compete on the world stage. The benefits of that investment are evident in the accomplishments of the many SHADs who have achieved individual success and contributed to Canada’s productivity since 1980.
SHAD's programs are supported 50% by student program fees and 50% from individual, corporate, foundation and government contributions. SHAD raises more than $2 million annually to support its programs.
Thanks to the generosity of a diverse group of funders, SHAD is able to plan with confidence, refining, enhancing and expanding programs and services to fully develop the capabilities of Canada’s future leaders and change makers.