Glad to Shad
In July 2003, Memorial was home to the internationally-acclaimed Shad Valley
program for the first time. The top high school students from across Canada
and around the world visited St. John's campus for the ultimate, summer learning
Since 1981, the award-winning Shad Valley program has been providing outstanding
senior high school students with a chance to learn about the disciplines that
will give them an edge in the competitive, knowledge-based world of tomorrow.
“We were very excited about this opportunity to deliver the Shad Valley
program,”said Bonnie Simmons, manager of programs for Memorial's Chair
in Youth-Focused Technological Entrepreneurship. “Shad Valley is Canada's
premier program in science, technology, and entrepreneurship. The program identifies
some of Canada's top technology talent and gives participants an opportunity
to discover the country's leading universities.”
“Hosting the Shad program was an excellent opportunity for Memorial
to recruit some of the country's brightest young minds to our campus and to
familiarize them with Memorial University. Based on their experience, I am confident
that many of them will want to come and study here,”said Memorial President
Dr. Axel Meisen.
A typical weekday at Shad consisted of lectures, workshops, group work, sports,
and leisure. The weekends were work free and usually involve group outings such
as camping, kayaking, or sailing. Participants hailed from the United States,
France, Germany, Italy, Colombia, Argentina, Scotland, Spain, Singapore, Thailand,
Russia, Hong Kong, Ukraine, and of course, from all parts of Canada.
“Our main focus for Shad Memorial this year, was to offer a uniquely
Newfoundland and Labrador four-week experience that stimulated and challenged
these high school students in areas that will give them a competitive edge,”said
The Shad Memorial program is being co-ordinated by the Chair in Youth-Focused
Technological Entrepreneurship and the P.J. Gardiner Institute for Enterprise
and Entrepreneurship at the Faculty of Business Administration.