Prestigious youth summer program SHAD coming to McGill


Montreal, Quebec -  October 24, 2017 - SHAD, an award-winning national enrichment and entrepreneurship program which brings top high school students to university campuses across the country every July, will begin at McGill University in the summer of 2018.


“Students come to McGill to be at the forefront of ground-breaking research, transformative learning, and meaningful innovation,” said Professor Suzanne Fortier, McGill University Principal and Vice-Chancellor.  “Beyond the needs of today’s workplace, we want to prepare our students for a yet unknown future, full of potential and opportunity, but also full of complex challenges to be tackled with vision and leadership. This is why the SHAD program is such a good fit; it aligns with our mission of nurturing our future leaders and innovators.”


McGill will become the 16th university campus to host SHAD.  Students live in residence, attend lectures and workshops offered by leading 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 as innovation leaders for Canada.


The program, founded in 1980, has become known as a leading incubator for innovation and entrepreneurship among high school students who have a passion for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) and Entrepreneurship.


“At SHAD, I had a chance to do hands-on learning in a way you just don’t get in high school,” says Charles-Etienne Sirois who attended SHAD in July and is in grade 11 at Collège Durocher Saint-Lambert.  “It may sound cliché but it was the best summer of my life and more students here need to know about it.”


“SHAD has flown under the radar of many people in Quebec but it is truly a life changing summer program,” says Victoria Iannotti who went to SHAD on the recommendation of her father who attended in 1988. Iannotti is currently at Collège de Bois-de-Boulogne in Computer Science and Mathematics. 


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 is open to students in grades 10, 11 or 12; Quebec Secondaire IV, V and CEGEP I and is currently accepting applications for the summer of 2018 from now until November 20 at


In the selection process, SHAD considers academics, extra-curricular activities students are involved in at school or in their community and even obstacles they’ve had to overcome.


“We are thrilled to bring SHAD to McGill, one of Canada’s premier universities,” says SHAD President and CEO Tim Jackson.  “We are hoping to see more students from Quebec benefit from the program especially as we expand to 22 universities by 2022.





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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