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February 11, 2019


Four Shad Fellows have won the Loran Award


Be on the lookout for these Shad-superstars who just scored prestigious Loran Awards—a $100K investment for these future Change Makers.  


Congratulations Jasleen Bahia, Everett Horner, Mesgna Mesgna and Gurnoor Minhas  - we are #ShadProud of you.  To date, 92 Shads that have earned Loran scholarships. The future is bright!



December 11, 2018


UNB, Dr. Oetker and SHAD Promoting Leadership in Victoria County


UNB and SHAD are working to bring new opportunities to students from the Grand Falls region through a grant from the Dr. Oetker Community Fund.


Exceptional high school students from Victoria County are encouraged to participate in the SHAD program, and once they graduate, to attend UNB as undergraduate students.


Made possible by a financial commitment from the Dr. Oetker Community Fund, successful applicants to the SHAD program will receive support toward their program fees, travel and incidental costs, thanks to a new awards program.


November 28, 2018


SHAD secures $1M from RBC to sponsor STEAM students


Students from underserved populations will have better access to SHAD’s STEAM enrichment program and network, thanks to $1-million in donations from RBC Foundation’s, RBC Future Launch initiative. The RBC grants are for driven students from lower income, rural and remote regions, or indigenous communities that lack the resources to participate in the month-long program. 


October 16, 2018


SHAD Canada granted viceregal patronage from the Governor General of Canada


“We are thrilled to welcome Her Excellency as our patron,” said Tim Jackson, President and CEO of SHAD Canada. “Her Excellency’s background as a scientist and astronaut is a perfect fit with our STEAM based program. She is an aspirational role model for the youth change makers who participate in the SHAD program – a majority of whom are female.”


July 27, 2018


Provincial government investing in Island’s future leaders


More Prince Edward Island students than ever before participated in a nationwide young leaders program supported by the provincial government.


SHAD – named for the Aurora, Ontario creek where the program began – is a summer enrichment program hosted by 16 different universities each July that attracts top Canadian high school students. The Department of Workforce and Advanced Learning is providing $150,000 over three years to the program to ensure more Island students are able to participate. 


July 26, 2018


Top high school students take up astronaut's challenge to help Canadians become more resilient in natural disasters


1,000 of the top high school students in the country came up with some original ideas to answer a challenge from NASA and Canadian astronaut Drew Feustel.  In early July, Feustel announced SHAD’s theme for its 2018 summer program via video message from the International Space Station. 


“Canadians need to be ready for extreme events,” Feustel said. “This year’s challenge at SHAD is to come up with some kind of solution to help Canadian communities be more resilient in a natural disaster.”


July 4, 2018


Astronaut announces theme for SHAD summer program from the International Space Station


NASA and Canadian astronaut Drew Feustel surprised the 1,000 high school students attending the SHAD program at university campuses from coast by coast by announcing the 2018 theme for the summer program via video message from the International Space Station. 


“Canadians need to be ready for extreme events,” Feustel said.  “This year’s challenge at SHAD is to come up with some kind of solution to help Canadian communities be more resilient in a natural disaster.”



June 20, 2018


Canada’s Brightest Youth Prepare for Transformational Month of Intense Enrichment and Entrepreneurship at SHAD


An actor and a top prize winner from the Canada-Wide Science Fair will join about 1,000 students looking to become change makers this summer at the award-winning enrichment and entrepreneurship program SHAD. 


This year’s SHAD program will take place at a record 16 host university campuses from coast to coast, with students being represented from all 10 provinces and three territories.


April 11, 2018


SHAD and Pathways to Education Canada partner to help students from low-income communities reach their potential


A new partnership between SHAD and Pathways to Education Canada will see 14 youth leaders from low-income communities attend the award-winning STEAM (science, tech, engineering, arts and math) based program this summer for the first time.  The students will receive a full bursary including travel to attend the program







April 25, 2019 - The Western Star


Bishop’s Falls teen determined to not let Tourette syndrome stand in his way


March 21, 2019 - Timmis Press


Two 'exceptional' students accepted at entrepreneurial program


March 2, 2019 - Sault Star


Shad wants 'curious' Sault students for summer learning


February 28, 2019 - Timmins Today


Local student chosen to participate in SHAD summer program


February 15, 2019 - Barrie Today


Barrie North student honoured for character, leadership and community work


Feburary 10, 2019 - Winnipeg Sun


Four Manitoba students earn Loran scholarships


February 6, 2019 - UToday


Schulich Leader credits scholarship for helping ignite her love of the innovation sector


December 3, 2018 - Blog written by SHAD Fellow Hamoon Ekhtiari


The Power of the Timeless: 5 Reflections from SHAD|5


December 3, 2018 - Communitech Tech Roundup


Tech Roundup for November 2018


September 2, 2018 - The Labradorian


'Jack of All Trades’ student wins prestigious scholarship


August 16, 2018 - The Victoria Star


SHAD experience beat expectations for N.B. student


August 8, 2018 - Inside Halton


Halton SHAD fellow helps develop 10-day survival kit for diabetics in extreme weather conditions


August 6, 2016 - Saanich News


Students design bracelet to measure poison air from wildfires


August 5, 2018 - Pique News Magazine


Whistler student returns from prestigious summer enrichment program 


August 1, 2018 - The Guardian


Young minds gather at UPEI to find solutions for natural disasters


August 1, 2018 - York Region Metroland


Going to school this summer helps Woodbridge teenager effect change


August 1, 2018 - The Chronicle Journal 


Ideas help survive natural disasters


July 31, 2018 - Exchange Magazine


Top SHAD high school students take up astronaut’s challenge to help Canadians become moreresilient in natural disasters


July 29, 2018 - Kitchener Today


SHAD students get the chance to tackle the world's biggest problems


July 29, 2018 - Journal Pioneer


Provincial government invests in nationwide SHAD program


July 26, 2018 - TB News Watch (video)


Gifted High schoolers from across the country have finished up their time at Lakehead University


July 26, 2018 - CBC Here and Now (Video scroll to 19:00)


Dozens of brainy high school students from across Canada are at Memorial University


July 26, 2018 - VOCM


Students Celebrate End of SHAD Enrichment Program At MUN


July 26, 2018 - Waterloo Region Record


Teens gather to develop life-saving ideas


July 25, 2018 - CBC Shift-NB


SHAD students seek to help with natural disasters


July 25, 2018 - CBC News Kitchener-Waterloo


Teens at UW's SHAD camp imagine using drones to evacuate areas during natural disasters


July 21, 2018 - Northern News Services


Jordan Takkiruq’s eventful summer


July 19, 2018 - CBC PEI


School's in for summer: High school students from across Canada at UPEI for SHAD program


July 18, 2018 - CBC Compass (audio interview begins at 17:30)


SHAD UPEI featured on CBC PEI News at 6 


July 17, 2018 - Saskatoon Morning


High-achieving high school students spend part of their summer at the U of S


July 17, 2018 - University of Saskatchewan


Helping prospective students reach their potential


July 15, 2018 - CTV News Montreal (video)


What did you do on your summer vacation? These students solved natural disasters


July 13, 2018 - The Guardian


P.E.I. students to attend SHAD


July 13, 2018 - CTV Saskatoon (video)


Students from across the country got to pick the brain of Saskatchewan's Education Minister


July 13, 2018 - North Shore News


Handsworth students spread their wings


July 13, 2018 - Mount Allison University (video)


#MtAllison is presently hosting 48 high school students from across Canada as part of SHAD 


July 11, 2018 - Halifax Chronicle Herald


Natural forces help Point Pleasant rebound 15 years after Juan


July 10, 2018 - CBC Radio’s Shift in New Brunswick 


48 of the brightest high school students in the country are spending the month at Mount Allison University


July 10, 2018 - Oak Bay News


Esquimalt High student gaining STEAM experience this summer


July 10, 2018 - The Star Halifax


Students learn how Point Pleasant Park bounced back after Hurricane Juan


July 10, 2018 - Grand Falls-Windsor Advertiser


Botwood and Grand Falls-Windsor students heading to SHAD enrichment program


July 10, 2018 - McGill Reporter


McGill welcomes top high school students as part of SHAD program


July 9, 2018 - Carleton Newsroom


High School Students Shine at Carleton Summer Program


July 9, 2018 - UW Daily Bulletin


SHAD 2018 design theme and other declarations


July 9, 2018 - CBC The Homestretch (audio)


High school students from across the country are in Calgary to work on some personal growth this month


July 5, 2018 - CBC Afternoon Drive (audio)


SHAD President and CEO Tim Jackson speaks about the SHAD 2018 theme


July 5, 2018 -


SHAD summer program focused on how Canadians can be resilient in a natural disaster


July 5, 2018 - Insurance Canada


Astronaut announces theme for SHAD summer program from the International Space Station


July 4, 2018 - Breakfast Television Vancouver (video)




July 4, 2018 - The Kincardine Independent 


KDSS student accepted into summer enrichment program at McGill


July 3, 2018 - The Chronicle Journal


‘High-potential’ students arrive for SHAD program


July 3, 2018 - Norwester


Gander Collegiate student taking part in prestigious SHAD program


July 3, 2018 - Grand Falls-Windsor Advertiser


Summerford student off to Queen's University


July 3, 2018 - Country 600


Few local students off to university this month


July 3, 2018 - Magic999


The SHAD Students Are Back For Another Summer


July 3, 2018 - CBC Up North (audio)


The latest from summer camp for some of the best young minds in Canada


July 2, 2018 - TB News Watch


July 2, 2018: Canada Day festivities


July 2, 2018 - The Telegram


Memorial University one of 16 sites to host SHAD program


June 29, 2018 - Red Deer Public Schools


Grade 11 student ready to make the world a better place


June 29, 2018 - Simcoe Reformer


Summer adventure for girl guide siblings


June 28, 2018 - UPEI


Canada’s Brightest Youth Set to Arrive at SHAD UPEI for Month of Intense Enrichment and Entrepreneurship


June 28, 2018 - Kingston Whig-Standard


Program offers 'everything and anything'


June 28, 2018 - Waterloo Daily Bulletin


SHAD Waterloo 2018 program about to commence


June 28, 2018 - Mount Allison University News


Canada’s brightest youth set to arrive at SHAD Mount Allison for month of intense enrichment and entrepreneurship


June 28 - Cochrane Eagle


Cochrane students take to the east coast for SHAD


June 28 - UToday


University of Calgary hosts 64 of Canada's brightest teens at SHAD summer program


June 27 - Stratford Beacon Herald


Four Stratford high school students selected to participate in Canadian enrichment program


June 26 - Delta Optimist


Delta students earns spots in national enrichment program


June 25 - NationTalk (audio interview)


NationTalk speaks with Eva Greyeyes about her positive experience with SHAD


June 25 - NationTalk


Students Looking Forward To Becoming Leaders through a Summer of Enrichment At SHAD


June 25 - Windsor Star


Holy Names student snags Schulich scholarship


June 23, 2018 - Lambton Shield

Two local students, both friends, selected for national program


June 21, 2018 - Kamloops This Week


Kamloops student quartet will have busy summer


June 21, 2018 - Journal Pioneer


Summerside student heads to SHAD for transformational month


June 20, 2018 - Red Deer Advocate


Red Deer high school student psyched for SHAD


June 20, 2018 - Kelowna Daily Courier


Okanagan students accepted into prestigious summer program


June 20, 2018 - The Compass


Conception Bay, Placentia area students selected for summer enrichment program at Canadian universities


June 20, 2018 - Alaska Highway News


Fort St. John students selected for SHAD program


June 20, 2018 - Ancaster News


Ancaster, Dundas students accepted for SHAD enrichment and entrepreneurship program


June 15, 2018 - Almaguin News


Almaguin student accepted into program for best and brightest in Canada


June 11, 2018 - The Hill Times


Canada needs its youth to show swagger to be global leaders in the entrepreneurship and innovation game



June 4, 2018 - The Gander Beacon


Marystown students selected for SHAD program


May 14, 2018 - The Observer 


Two St. Pat’s students participating in enrichment and entrepreneurship program


May 10, 2018 - 92.1 Rock


SHAD High School Summer Program Looking for Timmins Applicants


May 7, 2018 - North Bay Nugget


Widdifield student heading to Western University


May 2, 2018 - Daily Courier


Student of the Month


April 12, 2018 - Exchange Magazine


SHAD and Pathways to Education Canada partner to send 14 youth to Canada’s premier high school enrichment and entrepreneurship program this July


April 10, 2018 - Osoyoos Times


Osoyoos youth, Jacob Campol, 16, chosen to participate in SHAD program for high achievers


April 2, 2018 - Country 600


Prestigious SHAD program accepts two local students


March 31, 2018 - Halifax Chronicle Herald


Enfield high school student wins scholarship for LGBTQ+ efforts


February 14, 2018 - My Yellowknife Now


SHAD comes to Yellowknife to help shape students' futures


February 9, 2018 - Caledon Enterprise


Caledon's John Milkovich named as one of 34 Loran Scholars


February 7, 2018 - Alaskan Highway News

North Peace Secondary student Jessica Telizyn wins prestigious $100,000 Loran scholarship


January 22, 2018 - The Toronto Star


Toronto scholarship winner hopes to help other low-income youth

Shahan Mahmood is one of 80 recipients of the $5,000 Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarship.


January 20, 2018 - CBC Our Toronto


How a team of GTA students put distance and rivalry aside to help a group of students from a remote indigenous community thrive


January 11, 2018 - Gander Beacon


SHAD Network recognizes N.L. students’ success


January 11, 2018 - Nor'wester


King's Point girl proud to be part of Premier's Youth Council | Council recognized as one of SHAD's top stories


January 9, 2018 - Exchange Magazine


SHAD Fellows named top story of 2017 for inspiring change in their communities


December 27, 2017 - Truro Daily News


Former CEC student nominated for Top 17 of 2017


November 13, 2017 - TVO The Agenda

Students are reinventing the roofs over our heads


November 13, 2017 - Global News Morning Montreal

Helping Canada’s top youth reach their potential


November 10, 2017 - The Charlatan

SHAD Carleton smashes award record 

November 8, 2017 - Cambridge Times

Cambridge teen wins big in innovation competition


November 8, 2017 -

Westisle student named SHAD Innovator of the Year