Steve Paikin is the anchor and senior editor of TVO’s flagship current affairs program The Agenda with Steve Paikin. He has produced and hosted a variety of current affairs programs for Ontario’s educational broadcaster for more than 20 years, and is also well-known as the moderator of provincial and federal leaders’ debates during several election campaigns.
Paikin first joined TVO in 1992 after working more than three years as a city hall reporter for Toronto radio station CHFI, and then as a news reporter and anchor with CBC in Toronto for seven years. Since that time he has consistently set new standards of excellence in current affairs. As host of The Agenda, now completing its seventh season, Mr. Paikin plays a vital role in engaging Ontarians in the issues shaping the province.
One of the most intelligent and respected interviewers and moderators in Canadian media, Mr. Paikin has elevated the level of discourse on subjects such as politics, religion and culture, science and technology, the economy and the environment, both in terms of balance and accessibility. Mr. Paikin has served as moderator of federal and provincial leaders’ debates five times, and has written four books about Canadian politics, including his latest, Paikin and the Premiers, available in September 2013.
He has also produced a number of feature-length documentaries, including the award-winning “Return to the Warsaw Ghetto.” In 2012, Mr. Paikin was presented with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
In September 2010, Mrs. Aline Chrétien was appointed as Laurentian University’s first Chancellor. Mrs. Chrétien has more than four decades of experience building relationships with parliamentarians, national and provincial leaders, corporate stakeholders, and world dignitaries. The spouse of former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien is fluent in French, English, Italian, and Spanish and received her first honorary degree in 2003 from Laurentian University. She is active in many charitable organizations and served as Honorary Chair of the National Advisory Council of the Royal Conservatory of Music. In the volunteer role as Chancellor for Laurentian University, she is called upon to preside over convocation ceremonies and confer degrees, provide advice to the President, and assist with the university’s advocacy efforts.
“Laurentian University’s bilingual and aboriginal programs are areas of education that are close to my heart. And, watching Laurentian grow and succeed with President Dominic Giroux at the helm has been truly inspiring. It made me want to get involved and help spread the word and hopefully add to those successes.”
- Chancellor Aline Chrétien