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.

Anjali Dhaliwal shares highlights from Shad and her passion for leadership

“I don’t think I would have ever applied for Shad if it weren’t for YELL.” Anjali Dhaliwal, Surrey, BC, is still reeling after her Shad2019 experience. She received a $3,000 bursary to attend Shad while ...
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Shads explore Shopify, Google and Mount Sinai Hospital

Learning about exclusive university opportunities at Shopify. Touring Google’s offices. Asking questions to leading researchers and physicians at Mount Sinai Hospital. These aren’t opportunities you’ll get in an ordinary classroom. During the Shad program, students ...
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Students choose university based on Shad experience

Before Shad, Grade 12 students Calum Bird and Sophia Fraser never considered going to a university on the East Coast. Calum was set on attending a computer science program in Ontario, and Sophia was looking ...
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