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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Laurentian University

New Shad campus to offer bilingual, Northern Canadian experience

Next July, students will once again venture to university campuses across Canada, where they will gain unique learning experiences as part of the Shad program. And this year, there’s a new addition to Shad’s fleet ...
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You are Awesome book

New York Times bestselling author wants everyone to read more

Want to be a better friend? A better decision maker? A better writer to master that Shad application? Read more books. A lot more books, says Neil Pasricha. “Three years ago, I read about five ...
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Mathematics: Learning from adversity to helping teens understand finance

Learning about personal finance isn’t something that many high school students do in their free time. But for David Chung, it came out of necessity. After his father passed away in 2017, he was suddenly ...
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