Shads learn this year’s Design Project theme

On Wednesday of the first week of Shad2024, an enthusiastic response rang out from Shads from coast to coast as they learned the theme of their Design Project: challenge accepted! Every year, Shads are challenged to use their innovation and creative thinking skills to generate solutions to a pressing global issue using STEAM and entrepreneurship. […]

Entrance Scholarship for Black Student Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of the Shad Entrance Scholarships for Black Students.  Shad is committed to identifying young leaders who embody the willingness to go the mile for their community in an impactful way, and for overall excellence. These students inspire those around them through their changemaker capabilities and will continue to have a positive impact as they use their passion for […]

Entrance Scholarship for Indigenous Student Recipients

Congratulations to the recipients of the Shad Entrance Scholarships for Indigenous Students.  Shad is committed to identifying young leaders who embody the willingness to go the mile for their community in an impactful way, and for overall excellence. These students inspire those around them through their changemaker capabilities and will continue to have a positive impact as they use their passion for […]

Celebrating Pride: Shad Alum shares the importance of community and allyship to the 2SLGBTQI+ community and our shared progress

For Elliot Black (he/him), the celebration of the 2SLGBTQI+ community through Pride is about so many things. It’s about recognizing the historical events and people who fought for equal rights and protections for every individual; about creating space for people to learn and share to strengthen empathy and understanding based in shared humanity; and about […]

Uplifting Asian Heritage: Shad Alum shares how creating space to celebrate cultural differences brings us all closer together

For Kalashree Vyas, community is at the heart of most things. Coming from a family of creative artists, community for Kalashree has often looked like people coming together around their love of sharing their cultural artforms, demonstrating mutual respect and appreciation for what each has to offer. So when she noticed a lack of representative […]

Fencing to Fundraise: A Shad Alum shares how he turned his passion for fencing into an opportunity to elevate deserving athletes and support the Paralympics

As an avid fencer since the age of 12, Nima Abbaszadeh thought he knew everything there was to know about the sport he loved. He had spent years competing in tournaments, refining his technique and developing a deep appreciation for the skills and mentality the sport had helped him hone. Nima and a teammate practicing […]

2024 Loran Scholars 

When Shad Alums Billy Truong, Mark Seeman, Katie Yu, and Sadie MacDonnell were told that they had been awarded a Loran Scholarship, one of Canada’s most prestigious and comprehensive undergraduate scholarships, they felt an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and support from the Loran community. The scholarship provides these future leaders with a $100,000 investment in […]

Cycling for a Cause: Shad Alum bikes across Canada to fundraise for fibromyalgia research

Shad2022 Alum Armand Lupien enjoys a challenge. He loves to push his physical limits and test his endurance through activities that take him out of his comfort zone. So when he needed a plan to see all his Shad friends post-program, he decided a 7500 km bike ride from Saint John, Newfoundland to Vancouver, British […]

Protecting our Planet: Shad Alum shares how she’s helping to secure our environmental future

Ella Bradford wakes every morning to the beauty of Canada’s North. Growing up in the Yukon has meant a life built around nature and all the amazing things you can do in it, whether it’s cross-country skiing through fresh snow in winter or hiking and camping every summer in the territory’s vast wilderness, much of […]

A Culture of Generosity: Shad Alum shares how her Sikh Heritage has shaped her identity and provided her a community steeped in love and compassion

As Aneil Garcha prepares for Vaisakhi, the harvest festival observed every April by Sikh communities around the world, she is reflecting on the important role her Sikh heritage has played in her upbringing. From providing her with the values she uses to guide her life choices to the confidence and empowerment she draws from Gatka, […]

Equity through Healthcare: Shad alum shares how his not-for-profit is empowering women through access to maternal healthcare

When Jefferson Chen first arrived in Nigeria in 2018, he did not yet know the depth of connection he would form with the country and its people. But his work as a student consultant would intersect with the world of women’s health and set him on a path of female empowerment and economic equity through […]

The Thrill of New Experiences: Three Shad2023 alum reflect on their time as the first Shad cohort at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC

When Angelina Hang received her acceptance offer to Shad2023 she was over the moon with excitement. She had heard so much about the program and was anticipating all the amazing things she’d be exploring, and the people she would be exploring them with, that July. Angelina Hang with Shadbot What she was less sure of […]

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