Prestigious youth summer program SHAD coming to UPEI


Charlottetown, PEI -  October 12, 2017 -  The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) is the latest university to join SHAD,  an award-winning national enrichment program which brings top high school students to 16 university campuses across the country every July.


“We pride ourselves on helping students reach their full potential in both the classroom and the community.  That is why we are so thrilled to join with SHAD and to impact students at a crucial age when they are still in high school,” says UPEI President Alaa Abd-El-Aziz.


The central location for SHAD at UPEI will be the new School of Sustainable Design Engineering. This school has a unique learning experience that is hands on, team focused, project based, and industry linked.  The SHADs will take part in a mini robotics course there among many other activities.


The Government of PEI is investing $28,000 to help SHAD become even more accessible to students on the Island so they can develop to become future innovative leaders in Canada.


“Prince Edward Island is thrilled to host 50 of the brightest young minds in Canada so they can experience what our province has to offer including our leading researchers in aerospace, and bioscience,” says Sonny Gallant, Minister of Workforce and Advanced Learning.  He adds, “offering the opportunity for PEI students to go to SHAD is a great step in helping even more Island youth excel in a changing world."


“SHAD is one of a kind program.  It really changed my life in so many ways,” says Abby Hackett who went to SHAD at Carleton University this summer and is now in grade 11 at Westisle High School.  “It is great to hear that more students from PEI will now have a chance to go and have an amazing summer of hands-on learning.”


“SHAD helped me realize that if you don’t push yourself to try new things or go outside of your comfort zone then you will miss out on so many opportunities,” says Madeline Hamill who is in grade 12 at Kinkora Regional High School.  Hamill attended SHAD at the University of Waterloo this summer and says some of the highlights included introduction to coding and learning about the human body in an anatomy workshop.



Madeline Hamill (right) is in grade 12 at Kinkora Regional High School and attended SHAD Waterloo this past July.


SHAD, 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.


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


SHAD is open to students in grades 10 to 12 and is currently accepting applications for the summer of 2018 from now until November 20 at


SHAD is looking for well-rounded curious students from the Island with a passion to learn.  Many SHADs are heavily involved in extra-curricular activities in school or in their community.


Students live in residence at one of 16 host university campuses.  They 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.



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



For more information or to set up an interview, please contact:

Teddy Katz

Vice President, Communications and Media Relations | SHAD | mobile (647) 505-8095