Prestigious youth summer program SHAD coming to Mount Allison


Sackville, NB -  October 19, 2017 -  It is fitting that the university ranked the number one undergraduate university by Maclean’s Magazine more times than any other university, Mount Allison, is joining Canada’s award-winning national enrichment and entrepreneurship program, SHAD. The STEAM (science, technology, engineering arts and math) based program brings top high school students to university campuses across the country every July.


In July 2018, Mount Allison will become SHAD’s 16th university host campus and the second in the province joining University of New Brunswick.

“Mount Allison offers a high quality liberal arts and sciences education where students can combine different disciplines to help prepare them for any career path,” says Dr. Robert Campbell, Mount Allison University’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “We are pleased to welcome the SHAD summer program for high school students to our campus in 2018.”


SHAD Mount Allison will bring Canada’s best and brightest students to live on campus in Bennett House and will showcase Mount Allison’s excellent facilities in an all-encompassing experience.  Sackville is ideally situated at the hub of three Maritime Provinces, and SHAD participants will get to experience a breadth of maritime activities and culture.


As one of the smallest campuses and communities participating in the SHAD program, students will have the unique opportunity to be SHAD representatives visible to an entire community. At the same time, the program will allow students to connect with academic and business leaders and support the growing culture of innovation there.  The students will see how big change can originate from a small place.


The Government of New Brunswick was a key factor in bringing this new partnership online.


In August 2016, the Province announced a 5-year, $750,000 investment to ensure more students in the Province gain access to SHAD so they can develop to become future leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs.


"SHAD presents our students with a tremendous opportunity," said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Brian Kenny. "One of the objectives of our 10-year education plan is to improve learning in, and application of, the arts, science, trades and technology for all learners. The investment our government has made in SHAD will help us with our objective and give even more New Brunswick students the chance to take part in an incredible experience."


SHAD is open to students in grades 10, 11 and 12 and is currently accepting applications for summer 2018 from now until November 20.


“To improve the quality of life for New Brunswick families, one of the best investments we can make is in education and training, stated Post-Secondary Education Minister Roger Melanson.  “We are fortunate to have prestigious post-secondary institutions here in New Brunswick with Mount Allison University being recognized as one of the best in the country. Partnerships such as this one serve to cement our province as the place to come in order to gain a top notch education and a lifelong learning experience,” added Melanson.


At SHAD, students live in residence, attend lectures and workshops offered by top faculty and community leaders and participate in field trips to see science and innovation in action.  There are recreational activities to round out the learning, all designed to help the students realize their full  potential with other like-minded students from all over Canada.


The program, founded in 1980, is a leading incubator for innovation and entrepreneurship among high school students who have a passion for STEAM and Entrepreneurship.


“SHAD was an amazing experience that I am still benefiting from today,” says Celine Kavanaugh who is from Grand Falls and attended the program this past July.  “I’m visually impaired but found SHAD has a place for every student with a passion and drive to learn no matter the challenges they face in their daily lives.”

Kavanaugh adds, “SHAD is a place where you meet so many like-minded people.  We are all different in our own ways but SHAD allows you to feel empowered by your differences and learn to fully appreciate your unique qualities and skills.”


“SHAD has had a connection to New Brunswick almost from day one,” says Tim Jackson, President and CEO of SHAD.  “The longstanding support from the Province has helped us expand the program and offer more opportunities for students like Celine to continue to benefit for years to come.”


Upon completion of the program, SHAD graduates, or Fellows as they’re known, become connected to a network of 16,300 SHAD alumni including 32 Rhodes Scholars, and leaders in many fields across the country.



SHAD produces leaders for Canada through its award-winning, life-changing, pan-Canadian enrichment platform for high school students. Every year, SHAD helps 900 young Canadians tap into their full potential through an innovative month-long program at one of 16 partner university campuses. There, students apply STEAM (science-tech-engineering-arts-math) disciplines to real-life public policy and entrepreneurial challenges, forging insights and valuable relationships for life. Among its thriving global network of 16,300 SHAD Fellows and innovators are 32 Rhodes Scholars, 80 Loran Scholars, and 43 Schulich Leaders. For more information, visit



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