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Lakehead Shads get Top Marks at 2010 Cup

(November 11, 2010 - Thunder Bay, Ontario) Lakehead’s 2010/2011 Shad Valley participants and other top high-school students from around the country gathered in Waterloo on November 5 to share their unique innovations related to Canada’s aging population at the prestigious 2010 Research In Motion/Shad Entrepreneurship Cup.  Shad groups showcased the products and services they invented last summer, with some receiving awards that acknowledged the students’ entrepreneurial abilities and leadership skills. 

The Shad Cup competition focuses on science, engineering, technology, and innovation, and demonstrates what teams of bright students can accomplish when put together in a challenging and stimulating group environment.  Approximately 500 students take part in the Shad Valley program each summer.  This past summer, they were tasked to call on their scientific, engineering, and technological knowledge in designing a product to benefit Canada’s older residents while also considering its economic, environmental, and social implications. 

Lakehead’s Shad Valley team won first place for the Best Marketing Plan and Best Application of Scientific Principles awards, second place for Best Overall Project, and third place for Best Business Plan. Their product, called V720, is a capsule that meets consumer demand for a safe, effective, and non-invasive method of delivering the influenza vaccine into the bloodstream. 
"This event is always a wonderful experience for Shad participants because it recognizes the students' creativity, as well as their aptitude for business and scientific principles and practices," says Dr. Sultan Siddiqui, Shad Valley Director at Lakehead University.  Dr. Siddiqui adds that this year's event was particularly enjoyable given the success of the Lakehead group and the number of awards they took home.
As noted in a recent Shad Valley International media release, Shad students are leaders in their schools as well as their private lives.  They volunteer in their communities, and many are gifted musicians, artists, and athletes.  They become business leaders, patent holders, Top 20 Under 20 winners, Top 40 Under 40 honourees, and Rhodes Scholars, to list a few of their many accomplishments.  As Shad Valley President Barry Bisson explains, “Shad Valley students are among the best and brightest in the country and will soon take their place as contributors to our nation’s growing need for innovation.  This competition provides one of the first opportunities for them to experience entrepreneurship in action, and Shad Valley is proud to lead the way in challenging our next generation of leaders and help Canada compete on the world stage.”
Lakehead University has hosted the Shad program at its Thunder Bay campus since 1999.  It is one of ten universities in Canada to do so.

Visit the Shad International website to learn more about each project entry or to view the full list of winners.


MEDIA: Sultan Siddiqui is available for media interview today.  Please contact him directly at 807-343-8794 or to arrange interview times.  Please note: Dr. Siddiqui's cell number is listed on his office voice message.

About Lakehead
Lakehead is a comprehensive university with a reputation for innovative programs and cutting-edge research. With a main campus located in Thunder Bay, Ontario and a campus in Orillia, Ontario, Lakehead has over 8,280 students and 2,250 faculty and staff, and is home to the west campus of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In 2006, Research Infosource Inc. named Lakehead University Canada's Research University of the Year in the undergraduate category. For more information on Lakehead University, visit

Last updated November 12, 2010

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