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

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Texas Instruments code Shads through simulated heart attacks and control robots

At Shad, hundreds of students are experiencing a crash course in coding—but instead of watching tutorials or flipping through textbook pages, they’re recreating traffic light signals, using robotic vehicles to draw, and even performing heart ...
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Canada’s nuclear waste management represents at Shad2019

This year, Shads are focused on reducing Canada’s waste and are learning first-hand the innovative ways hazardous waste is managed by putting their design thinking skills to the test. The Nuclear Waste Management Organization will ...
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1000 students design plans and prototypes to reduce waste this July

Canadians waste. We waste a lot. Landfills are filled with more and more items like food, single-use plastics, and anything else we discard after it’s served its purpose. But it is possible to reduce the ...
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