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Students Showcase Innovative Solutions to Food Security in Canada at 12 of the SHAD Host University Campuses across the country

Students from the nationwide SHAD program will showcase innovative solutions for food security at 12 SHAD Host University Campuses located across Canada

Waterloo - What happens when the brightest high school students from across Canada come together in the spirit of science, innovation and entrepreneurship? Get a glimpse of the leaders of tomorrow as they showcase their solutions to improve food security for all Canadians after just four weeks.

At SHAD, which was founded in 1980, students are immersed in an intense one month enrichment program focused on STEAM subjects: science, technology, engineering, arts and math. SHAD helps these exceptional students reach their potential and become change makers.

WHO?

In one of the unique elements at SHAD, top youth from across the country are challenged to innovate to come up with an original product or service to help solve a current economic or social problem and this year the students were asked to come up with original ideas to improve food security for Canadians.

THE CHALLENGE?

Canada is on the cusp of the 150th anniversary of Confederation yet food security is a serious concern. In 1867, almost every Canadian grew their own food; currently that number is 3%. Today, systems of food production, processing, distribution, and waste are complex and intertwined with influences such as climate change, energy prices, population density, locality, and socio-economic status. The students were challenged this year to look at how they could improve food security for Canadians.

On Thursday July 28, Media are invited to visit Open Day at one of our 12 host campuses at the times described below as students showcase their projects. Media will have an opportunity to interview students about their ideas, talk to SHAD’s Program Directors and take photographs.

The winning project from each campus will compete for SHAD’s John Dobson Entrepreneurship Cup, SHAD’s annual national awards which will be handed out in Toronto on October 27.

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