Every year, our SHAD Fellows continue to amaze with their determination to make a difference in our world. Whether that's by creating a new social venture, winning a scholarship in pursuit of greater learning or spreading knowledge with others through talks, panels or meetings with dignitaries.
Take part in the celebration of our network by reading our story on the most-voted success as well as the many successes below.
SHAD Fellow siblings, Jade and Keith Choy were among the top 6 worldwide entries competing for the $1 million grand prize after becoming regional Hult Prize winners in the UK for their app. Epoch, which acts as a mobile marketplace, helps refugees connect to the community and to the services they require.
SHAD Fellows Chedi Mbaga and Matthew Reynolds became Loran Scholars bringing the total number of SHAD-Loran Scholars to 80. As Loran Scholars, they will receive scholarships valued at $100,000 over four years, including an annual stipend of $10,000 and matching tuition waiver, access to $10,000 in funding for summer internships, one-on-one mentorship and annual retreats and scholar gatherings.
Two SHAD Fellows, Najmus Ibrahim and Eleanor Willoughby were among the 72 finalists to become astronauts with the Canadian Space Agency.
Two SHAD Fellows, Simone Cavanaugh and Molly French, joined SHAD Fellow Alex Bouchard as members of the 26 member Prime Minister’s Youth Council. They were selected from among 16,000 young Canadians who applied to be part of the Council. Simone and Alex also took part in a panel discussion on youth innovation and entrepreneurship at the SHAD Cup moderated by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister (Youth) Peter Schiefke.
Five SHAD Fellows, Megan Glover, Husayn Jamal, Kalea Kirsh, Cathleen Leone and Kelly Sit received $5,000 scholarships from the Horatio Alger Association of Canada, an organization dedicated to the belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles.
Dayna Harper and Phyllis Lesnikov were the winners of the first ever Canada-Wide Science Fair SHAD Scholarship. They each received $1,000 to attend SHAD and to continue to pursue their passion for STEAM.
SHAD Fellow 2004, Devon Galloway, co-founder of Vidyard, a video-marketing platform designed to assist marketing, communications, sales and training professionals with business growth via measurable and trackable online video, was honoured as a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Marketing and Advertising.
SHAD Fellow 2016 Emily Cross spoke at USA ScienceFest, inspiring young people to pursue scientific research and careers in STEM. Emily was also featured in Flare Magazine’s #HowIMadeIt feature looking at 100 talented, ambitious, driven Canadian women with cool jobs.
Jane Hutchings won an $80k scholarship to attend Queen’s Commerce Program. Up until last summer, Jane was planning to do a science degree, but her time spent at SHAD UBC opened her eyes to a career in business.
SHAD Fellows and female leaders in STEM, Amanda Adam, Winnica Beltrano, Emily Cross, Erin Engelhardt, Sarah Gauthier, Melanie Martin and Bethel Samson joined Paulina Cameron, Director of the BC and Yukon division of Futurpreneur Canada as panel members at the Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa. The panel was entitled “Missing Numbers: How women can help solve Canada’s Innovation Crisis. The panel offered several policy recommendations and received significant media coverage.
Nine SHAD Fellows became Schulich Leaders, bringing the SHAD network total to 43: Aidan Aird, SHAD 2015, Jessica Blatta, SHAD 2016, Nathan McNally, SHAD 2016, Jacob Meadus, SHAD 2016, Susie O’Brien, SHAD 2016, Carl Pinter, SHAD 2016, Jasmine Rai, SHAD 2016, Joy Shah, SHAD 2016, Katherine Sirois, SHAD 2014
Winnica Beltrano, SHAD Fellow 2015 was chosen out of 700 applicants as a recipient of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award, a program which aims to honour youth who strive to emulate Terry Fox’s courage and determination by overcoming obstacles, creating positive change within their community and improving human welfare. Winnica also spoke at the Canadian Science Policy Conference in Ottawa.
Four SHADs received TD Scholarships for Community Leadership for making a meaningful and lasting difference in their communities, valued up to $70,000: Elijah Dietrich, Jan Lim, Twinkle Mehta and Bronwyn Roberts. Elijah is President of his school’s Environmental Action Committee, Jan established Starts With One, the only youth non-profit group in Vancouver to address child poverty, Twinkle served as President of her school STEM team and organized a STEM conference with 1,200 delegates, and Bronwyn organized a before-school dance program introducing many boys and girls to dance and performing arts in her rural community.
Two SHAD Fellows Aidan Aird & Jacqueline Fleisig received STEAM Horizon awards honouring the positive impacts they've made through STEAM. Aidan Aird, SHAD Fellow 2015 is the founder of two not-for-profits, Developing Innovators and STEM Kids Rock and is also a four-time Canada-Wide Science Fair participant with a long list of accolades. Jacqueline Fleisig, SHAD Fellow 2015 was high school ambassador at the 2016 Gairdner Awards for biomedical science, a precursor to the Nobel Prize, where she was given the opportunity to speak with federal Ministers of Science and Health about the importance of SHAD and other STEAM programs. Both of our SHAD winners were featured on CBC Ottawa Morning discussing their achievements and plans for the future.
SHAD 2015 Fellows, Sophia Wagner & Mark Porter are named Green Innovation Challenge winners with their Viaduct product suite. The one-minute video pitch competition was a collaborative effort between NB Power, Siemens, SHAD and UNB - Technology Management & Entrepreneurship program. Viaduct is a product suite combined with a consulting service intended to bridge the ever widening gap between energy consumers and utilities especially during the starting phases of new services.
Kim Nguyen won the inaugural SHAD First Robotics scholarship which offered her a full scholarship to attend SHAD.
SHAD Fellow Matthew Van Oirschot received a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship for his average of 98.83%.
SHAD Fellow Frank Hong was selected to be a regular panelist on Bell Media’s for-youth-by-youth webcast and TV show, SIDES*.
SHAD Fellows Emma Landry and Kathy Nodzynski received $10,000 RBC Students Leading Change scholarship, in recognition of their passion to lead and inspire positive change in their communities. Emma is passionate about educating the community on rights for the LGBTQ+ community. She is a member of the Gender Sexuality Alliance in her school and hopes to create an environment where everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation, feels safe and accepted. Kathy successfully initiated the "DAER project" in her community to enable sending used books to rural communities in India in the hope of encouraging literacy.
Samantha Hollinrake, SHAD Fellow 2017 is Media Lead for her GTA robotics team. While at a competition, she created a video featuring a First Nations team from Sioux Falls, a team which had little support and sponsors. When a sponsorship opportunity came up but was almost lost due to geographical constraints, Sam’s video was sent and helped the First Nation’s team secure $25,000 in funding.
Six SHAD Fellows were selected as members of The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador’s, Premier’s Youth Council, to provide advice to government from a youth perspective: McAuley Bellows, SHAD 2017, Brooke Blanchard, SHAD 2016, Kaleigh Hicks, SHAD 2017, Patrick Pearson, SHAD 2015, Daniel Stark, SHAD 2017, Radhika Verma, SHAD 2016.
SHAD Fellow Cathy Han was listed on Forbes’ 2018 Top 30 Under 30 in Retail and E-Commerce for 42 Technologies, a company she co-founded and which is based in San Francisco. Part of Y Combinator's incubator program, 42 Technologies was named one of three finalists for the LVMH Innovation Award in Paris. Brands pay on average $100,000 per year to license its technology.
Aidan Aird set a Guinness World Record for the largest “Water Rocket” with his sister. Led by inventor Colin Furze, the Aird siblings needed to ensure that all guidelines were properly followed, including that the rocket was powered by the rapid expulsion of water and that it had a successful launch of at least five metres (16 ft 4 in) off the ground.
Aaliyan Khan created his start-up business called the Positivity Project, which sends postcards filled with a hand-written positive messages around the world with the goal of inspiring others and spreading positivity. He was also selected a project leader for MP Sonia Sidhu’s Youth Council.
Canada’s 28th Governor General David Johnston participated in a panel discussion on innovation helping announce SHAD’s new 2017 program at Ryerson. Ontario’s Minister of Education, Mitzie Hunter also participated. After the event, a full segment on SHAD appeared on TV Ontario’s The Agenda.
Federal and Provincial politicians were special guests at SHAD Open Day events from coast to coast. SHAD was trending in Canada on twitter for first time ever.
Gaurav Jain, SHAD fellow co-launched Afore Capital, a new venture capital firm with $47 million to invest in early-stage startups, called “pre-seed”.
Two SHAD Fellows were on Women’s Executive Network’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 list.
Michele Romanow SHAD Fellow & Board Member was Top 100 CIBC Trailblazers and Trendsetters. Her early and lasting lesson? "Society rewards great ideas no matter what background, age or gender they come from."
Maike van Niekerk was Top 100 Telus Future Leader. "Losing my mother at 15 taught me that adversity can be one of the most powerful catalysts for developing resilience, undergoing self-growth, & developing a determination to create change."
A big part of the 'life-changing' SHAD formula is the talent, dedication and passion of our SHAD faculty. Three SHAD Program staff received honorable achievements:
Quazi Rahman, Program Co-Director at SHAD Western was named one of Ontario’s most outstanding university teachers by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA)
SHAD Fellow + SHAD Memorial Mathematics Faculty Advisor, Danny Dyer, winner of the Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) Distinguished Teaching Award:
Mike Smit, SHAD Dalhousie Program Co-Director received Dalhousie University’s Early Career Teaching Award
SHAD Fellow 2017 Phyllis Lesnikov attended The Prime Minister's Science Fair at Parliament Hill. As one of 22 students selected to attend the fair, Phyllis presented her work to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; Hon. Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science; Dr. Mona Nemer, Chief National Science Adviser; and Dr. Arthur B. MacDonald, Nobel Physics Laureate of 2015.
Two of our serial entrepreneur Board Members Ruma Bose and Michele Romanow (also a SHAD Fellow) moderated a discussion with Richard Branson during Canada 2020's conference.
SHAD Fellow Steven Wang, the founder and CEO of Yiqiao, a social initiative and platform that cultivates top graduates and young professionals to serve in the social sector in China, was selected this year for Forbes 30 Under 30 in China, representing a new generation of social leaders bridging China and the world. Steven is also the ambassador for the Rhodes Scholarship in China and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper.
Thanks to RBC and RBC's Senior Vice President, Digital Technology, SHAD Fellow Sumit Oberai who played a leading role, Five SHAD Fellows, Lauren Meredith Miller, Scott Oxholm, Nikita Pasricha, Nathan Power, Ryan Wong, joined more than 1000 business, community and government leaders from across Canada at the inaugural SingularityU Canada Summit.
SHAD Fellow Radhika Verma was named Miss Achievement Newfoundland and Labrador, a scholarship program for young women honouring academics, public speaking, community service, environmental awareness and performance-related talents.
SHAD 2010 Jordan Bertagnolli was selected as a Youth Ambassador for Leg 10 of the Canada C3 expedition, travelling from Cambridge Bay to Kugluktuk.
Energy expert Andy Keith, SHAD Fellow ’02, and founder of Solar Panda launched his venture in Africa – bringing affordable solar power to areas without access to electricity.
Lois Norris was just recognized by CPA Ontario as a Fellow (FCPA). This distinction formally honours her career achievements, contributions to her profession and dedicated service in the community.
Su Alteen received the Wayne E. Ludlow Scholarship at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Billy Barnes started Tutum Digital Management, a business based on providing social media management and digital marketing services to rural businesses. In Gros Morne National Park where he lives, he aims to strengthen the regional economy, modernize business methods in the region, and generally help improve the efficiency and effectivity rural business owners have.
Michele was listed on Post City Magazine's list of T.O's most inspiring women of 2017.