Over 200 people joined us this morning to celebrate the launch of the SHAD program here at Ryerson University, with a fireside chat between the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, and SHAD President and CEO, Tim Jackson.

Students and Ryerson University faculty alike heard inspiring words during the interview, and listened intently to remarks by the Ontario Minister of Education, Mitzie Hunter, as well as Ryerson University President, Mohamed Lachemi, and Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship (BII+E) Executive Director, Sean Mullin.

As Ryerson gears up to become the first campus in the Greater Toronto Area to host this innovative program, there is a great deal of excitement and anticipation among students, faculty, staff and administrators alike. This July, 64 high school students will visit Ryerson to participate in the SHAD program to learn new skills and carve out a better future for themselves. SHAD has announced Ryerson as a campus thanks to a collaboration between the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, Ted Rogers School of Management, Student Affairs, the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship and Sandbox by DMZ.

What is SHAD?

SHAD is a registered Canadian charity that teaches high school students to recognize their own capabilities and envision their potential as tomorrow’s leaders and change makers. Our research demonstrates that the future of work is changing, and that youth will need a broad set of skills to compete and succeed. SHAD lets students dive right into learning these critical skills through immersive, hands-on workshops and interactive learning.

The “SHAD experience” allows students to live in residence at a Canadian host university and participate in programming built around a theme of national significance. Students are challenged to tackle large, complex issues to find global solutions as part of a team, and the experience doesn’t end with the completion of the program – many SHADs have gone onto become Rhodes Scholars, Loran Scholars, Top 20 Under 20 winners, and leaders within ICT, digital media, clean technology, life sciences and engineering.

We admire SHAD’s commitment to diversity and allowing everyone the chance to succeed. 60 percent of SHAD’s annual participants are bright, young women, and Canadian youth from all backgrounds and financial means can participate in SHAD’s programming.

Pictured: SHAD President and CEO, Tim Jackson, on left, hosts a fireside chat with His Excellency the Right Honourable Governor General David Johnston at the launch of the SHAD program at Ryerson University on May 15, 2017.

SHAD at Ryerson, what a great fit

SHAD joining the Ryerson community is an excellent opportunity to introduce and expose Canada’s exceptional high school students and future leaders to Ryerson’s strong innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Our shared vision is to bolster the success of Canada’s next generation. Ryerson is committed to preparing students for today’s competitive workforce, and SHAD has spent over three decades teaching youth to realize their potential.

We at BII+E are proud to have played a role in bringing this youth enrichment program to Ryerson. The eagerness and excitement of Canada’s youth to learn, innovate and challenge the status quo are a reminder of why institutes like ours exist – to make Canada the best place in the world to be an innovator or an entrepreneur for generations to come.

We hope that Ryerson’s SHAD students will cherish the experience and go into their next life stage knowing how to innovate and think outside the box, with the confidence and creativity to find global solutions.

For media enquiries, please contact Coralie D’Souza, Director of Communications, Events + Community Relations at the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship.