Valerie Chort, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, RBC

“We have a collective opportunity to prepare young people for the opportunities and ambiguities of the future.”

Valerie Chort, Vice President, Corporate Citizenship, RBC

Generous donor support provides extraordinary live-in STEAM and entrepreneurship programs for driven, aspirational youth across Canada. Your generosity allows students to express endless curiosity, explore a love of learning, and strive for their full potential.

Through Shad, participants will:

  • hone their science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) skills 
  • follow their passion for STEAM
  • shape their educational paths
  • develop their workplace readiness
  • build their skills and networks 
  • explore their enthusiasm for innovation and entrepreneurship

Your financial support will have lasting impact by changing lives and positively transforming Canada’s STEAM future.

Shad recognizes that the capacity to love STEAM is not tied to gender, economic status, or ethnicity. Shad is focused on growing participation and maintaining inclusive communities where gender, cultural, geographic and socioeconomic disadvantages are not a factor in reaching their STEAM potential.  

Shad Stories

There are always new and exciting Shad stories being told. Be sure to check back often to see what’s happening in the world of Shad. Our check out our newsroom page for press releases and Shad in the news.

Shad connection promotes volunteerism and social enterprise in Kenya

Imagine having access to hydro but not being able to afford it. Running a business but having to close shop when it gets dark. Using a light source but being vulnerable to its dangerous health ...
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Founders of start-up share how Shad experience shaped their business

More than 10 years after attending Shad at two-different universities, twins Vino and Vijay Jeyapalan were energized to apply what they learned during the real-world design challenge at a moment when it mattered most to ...
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Wilfrid Laurier University

Shad program to launch at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2020

There is a place for Shads at Laurier’s inclusive and community-oriented campus Transformative. It’s the word Kenneth Maly, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Science at Wilfrid Laurier University, uses to describe his Shad1992 experience ...
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