SHAD exists to empower exceptional youth to make the world a better place.
SHAD recognizes that the brightest high school students are sometimes isolated due to geography or lack of commonality with other students, and they may not have access to sufficiently challenging, educationally-rich programs and support. We strive to close that gap by empowering exceptional students – at a pivotal point in their education – to recognize their own capabilities and envision their extraordinary potential as tomorrow’s leaders and change makers.
We believe that intellectual gifts alone don’t guarantee personal and professional success. The investment of time and resources in these future leaders is comparable to investment in top-performing athletes, ensuring that they will be gold medal winners in their fields of endeavor to help Canada compete on the world stage.
SHAD has helped broaden the horizons of more than 15,500 alumni and our community has attracted notice – from university admissions to research institutions, from venture capitalists to government leaders – people who share our philosophy that greatness, innovation and experimentation must be nurtured from a young age.
SHADs become part of a network of achievement, alumni who serve as a positive influence on Canada’s economic and social health.