Friday, 28 September 2018

SHAD Valley 2019

The application for SHAD 2019 is officially open and is due by November 19. PDF version of the brochure is also available. 

Here is a quick summary of what students should expect with SHAD:

  • High potential students spend July living at a university while engaging in hands-on learning in STEAM & Entrepreneurship
  • SHAD looks for grade 10, 11 or 12 students who are: involved in their communities, creative & keen learners
  • A range of bursaries are available, ensuring the program is accessible to students with demonstrated financial need. Last year, we awarded over one million dollars in bursaries and scholarships. The cost of the program should not be the reason a student does not apply!

Join the SHAD Network of over 17,000 alumni, and enjoy the lifelong benefits of the SHAD Fellow designation, which is recognized and valued by university admissions and scholarship providers. 

PS – What kind of student is SHAD look for? Watch this video on the value we place on diversity & inclusion in our application review process.

Monday, 17 September 2018

University of Toronto: Student Entrepreneurship and Mentorship Opportunity

The Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) is a program for early-stage massively scalable, science-based start-ups. Since its launch in 2012, over 1,000 founders representing more than 500 companies have participated in the program. The successful commercialization of cutting-edge science achieved through the program has led to the creation of over $3 billion in equity value.

In tangent, CDL runs a High Schools Girl Program which invites female high-school students who are ambitious and curious about entrepreneurship, technology, or science-based innovation. Students will have the opportunity to meet and observe a series of small group meetings with early-stage start-ups followed by an afternoon of a large group discussion that focuses on identifying technical/business milestones to achieve by the next session. In addition, each student will be assigned to a CDL Fellow or Associate (individuals who mentor CDL companies - this list includes Col. Chris Hadfield, the founders of WIND Mobile, KIK, and Kobo) and will become their shadow for the day.

There are five session dates each with forty seats reserved for female students:
October 24-25, 2018
December 12-13, 2018
February 20-21, 2018
May 1-2, 2018
June 12-13, 2018

If students are unavailable to participate for the first session there will be four other opportunities during the year in which they can select in the application to be considered for.

The application and logistical details can be found in the following link:

The deadline to apply is October 9, 2018 11:59PM EST. Since the launch of this program last year, we have had over 100 students attend from across York Region, Peel Region, Toronto, and the GTA.

Here are three articles written by our past students about their experience in the program:
1, 2, and 3.

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Xplore STEM Conference

The Xplore STEM Conference invites students to explore and develop a love for the Science, Engineering, Technology and Math (STEM) fields. Featuring a multitude of speakers, workshops, booths and activitie, students will be exposed to the limitless opportunities the STEM fields have to offce. The conference will take place on November 13th, 2018 at the Toronto Pearson Convention Center.

Click here for more information.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

York University Biophysics Contest

The York University Biophysics Contest is a competition for Ontario high school students to create a presentation on a topic in the field of biophysics. The contest aims to investigate a rapidly growing frontier of science, and to promote skills in the communication of science. The goal is to demonstrate the interdisciplinary threads that connect together the physical and life sciences, which can seem and feel like disparate areas of science in high school and university! Students present a 12 minute presentation on a wide variety of topics. Top prize is $1000!!!

For more informaion, click here.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Shad Valley - Summer 2018

SHAD is a lifelong experience and begins with our month-long summer program, which will show you what you can achieve if you think big and pursue your extraordinary potential.

Each year, top-performing Grades 10, 11 and 12 students (Secondaire IV, V, or CEGEP 1 in Quebec) or the international equivalent, compete for a place in the month-long program, which is focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) disciplines. Approximately 900 students are accepted annually to participate and live in-residence on one of our host university campuses across Canada during the July program.

“SHAD is a time in your life when anything you think of can become a reality. I really believe if you go through high school without SHAD, you’re not getting the complete experience. It’s that essential. You have to go!” - Bruce Gao, SHAD '12

SHAD provides the unique opportunity to explore a university campus while still in high school, and experience higher learning in a supportive yet challenging environment. Included are lectures, seminars and workshops, presentations by industry leaders, working in teams to simulate a ‘startup’ project, and recreational activities. Meanwhile, parents can rest assured that SHAD works intensively with our university campus partners to ensure student safety, well-being, and access to needed services.

The SHAD Entrepreneurship Challenge is part of the program: teams of participants will collaborate, innovate and create a product or service by applying scientific principles, engineering a prototype, and developing business and marketing plans. A winning team is selected at each campus to polish off their projects for the SHAD - John Dobson Entrepreneurship Cup held each fall. Take a look at last year's SHAD Cup in Pictures.

SHAD participants are also eligible for a volunteer summer internship for the month of August, immediately following the July in-residence university program.

The Application is extensive, and is due November 20, 2017. For more info, visit

Thursday, 14 September 2017

TEDxYouth@Toronto November 12, 2017

TEDxYouth@Toronto is held annually in conjunction with Universal Children’s Day. The event follows the TED format, featuring a line-up of innovative and inspiring speakers and performers. The seventh edition of TEDxYouth@Toronto will be hosted for second year at the beautiful, historic old Masonic Temple in the heart of Toronto.

The event also features carefully chosen TED videos and interactive activities to fully engage the GTA’s brightest youth. The day incorporates networking sessions during and after the event to encourage participants, organizers, and presenters explore, share, and grow “ideas worth spreading.” The live audience will be made up of high school students from all over the city. All on-stage content will also be also be streamed live for audiences both local and global.

Follow TEDxYouth@Toronto at @TEDxYouthTO or at for exciting updates throughout the year!

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Go Eng Girl @ McMaster University Saturday October 21, 2017

Explore the exciting field on engineering through this special event for girls in grades 7 to 10! You will have the opportunity to:
    • Learn about Engineering @ McMaster University
    • Meet women currently studying engineering
    • Learn about some of the amazing things women engineers are doing
    • Participate in cool-hands on activities
    • Hear special guest speakers
To register, visit