Joanne reflects on how her Shad month shaped her career and entrepreneurial success

Joanne Sallay, president and CEO of Ontario tutoring service Teachers on Call, credits Shad Canada not only with awakening her entrepreneurial spirit, but with helping her make the connections that led to her entry into the professional world. “Shad was a life-changing and transformative experience. I actually just referred a colleague yesterday for their daughter. […]

Shad Program Director Dr. Osman Hamid on mentorship and championing Black entrepreneurship

With over a decade of experience as a transformational leader, Dr. Osman Hamid’s accomplishments in creating entrepreneurial pathways and mentorship opportunities for marginalized youth is an inspiring story we highlight in honour of Black History Month.

Shad alum, Jackie Han brings mindfulness and meditation through origami

When Jackie Han is practising origami, the art of paper folding, he tunes out everything else and squares his focus solely on the creases and edges of whatever intricate model he is creating. It is this calming, meditative aspect of his hobby that prompted him to teach thousands of others to learn this centuries-old art […]

Future-Ready Learning for the 21st Century

By: Alvina Mardhani-Bayne, PhD, Education and Shad’s Recruitment Manager “It is only by equipping youth for the future that we can transform the future.” UNESCO Part of my calling as an Educator is to, in the words of UNESCO, “equip… youth for the future,” but I often wonder what being “future ready” really means, especially […]

Belonging: Exploring identity and safe environments at Shad

When Sarina Virani applied to Shad she had no idea it would have such an effect on her sense of personal identity and help lead her to her life’s passion in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). As a young Muslim woman of South Asian descent, she was in a small minority in her Calgary school. […]

Robotics, lasting connections and an environmental impact: Q&A with FIRST Robotics competitor, Jocelyn

Little did Jocelyn know that an opportunity to assist a robotics team with their business and marketing needs would lead her down a path to aspire a career in engineering or physics. Now in her final year as Captain of her FIRST Robotics Canada team and one of two FIRST competitors awarded a full scholarship […]

Generations of same family are ambassadors for Shad

For Gita Manhas, you could say Shad is all in the family. Her mother, aunt and uncle all attended when they were in high school. Different aspects of Shad resonated with each of them and inspired them, and they all shared their experiences with Gita. It was almost inevitable that she would participate herself. Gita […]

Cells, ion channels and antibodies: Shads probe into STEM research

Shad is a place where experts and experts-in-training connect. Our long-time partnership with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) provides an ideal opportunity to introduce participants to this important national science and technology research organization as well as some of the cutting-edge research that their scientists are doing to move research ahead in areas […]

Smart Shad questions fuel learning about nuclear waste management

Before anyone could jump in and say what everyone in the room may have been thinking, presenters from Canada’s Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) just put it out there: “No, real nuclear waste is not glowing green sludge like in The Simpsons.” They followed up with a picture to show that in fact, nuclear waste […]

Defining wellbeing: an expert discussion and Shad Design Challenge

How do you define wellbeing? It’s a term that’s become as popular as it is hard to pin down. Even more challenging is finding new ways to move towards this positive state of balance in your life. But the complexity of the topic is also what makes wellbeing such an inspiring topic for this year’s […]

Traffic lights and hearts and rovers, oh my!

The Shads huddled over the first exercise of their Texas Instruments workshop are mostly chatting amongst themselves and engaged in their work, but occasionally a cry can be heard breaking through the din: “I got it!” or “That is so cool!” Who can help but smile at these outbursts when you know that they come […]

Resilience: Shad alum talks health, timelines and learning to adapt when faced with adversity

Jayhan had a plan. She had decided in tenth grade that she was going to attend her dream program of Health Sciences at McMaster University. As she entered her final year at a small private school in Calgary, she directed all her energy towards making that aspiration a reality. She was taking International Baccalaureate courses […]

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