June 8, 2012 - Journalist, author and documentary producer Steve Paikin was awarded an Honourary Doctorate of Letters today at Laurentian University. Paikin is the anchor and senior editor of TVO’s flagship current affairs program “The Agenda With Steve Paikin.” He has spent 20 years producing and hosting programs for Ontario’s educational broadcaster.
“He combines a very sharp intellect with a wonderful spirit of enquiry, and a love of both politics and public policy,” said Floyd Laughren, Chair of the Board of Governors of Laurentian University and former Deputy Premier of Ontario. “In my political life I was often subjected to his penetrating questions and his adroit pursuit. Steve is invariably respectful and fair.”
Paikin has served as moderator of federal and provincial leaders’ debates five times, and has written three books about Canadian politics.
He has also produced a number of feature-length documentaries, including the award-winning “Return to the Warsaw Ghetto” and a film about former Ontario Premier Bill Davis called “A Main Street Man.”
Paikin is married to Sudbury native Francesca Grosso, whose father was Dr. Roberto Grosso, a former Chair of the Board of Governors at Laurentian.
“We are proud to honour Steve Paikin as part of our Laurentian family,” said University President and Vice-Chancellor Dominic Giroux. “His commitment to citizen engagement through educational broadcasting is inspiring, and his reputation as a journalist is exceptional. He is a most deserving recipient of the Doctorate of Letters.”
TVO is Ontario’s public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO’s vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and is a registered charity supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information, visit tvo.org
Media interviews with Steve can be arranged through Laurentian Communications.
November 6, 2013 – Conservation biology, increasing threats to habitat, and the growing list of species at risk are all on the agenda—alongside ethical and philosophical aspects of extinction—at a unique international symposium to be held at Laurentian University this month.
October 25, 2013 – Former College Boréal President and long-time leader in the Greater Sudbury community Gisèle Chrétien will be awarded an Honourary Doctorate at Laurentian University’s Fall Convocation October 26. A Laurentian graduate in Nursing with a Master ‘s degree in education, Mrs. Chrétien has been active in education and training in Ontario, and was a key contributor in the establishment of Collège Boréal.
September 4, 2013 – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne today cut a ceremonial ribbon to officially launch the Laurentian University School of Architecture, the first school of architecture to open in Canada in 45 years.
August 28, 2013–Laurentian’s strategic plan aspiration for organizational excellence is showing measurable progress in the latest employee engagement survey. The results of the bi-annual survey measuring 20 drivers of employee engagement were released to faculty and staff this week, with progress reported in all 20 areas.
August 22, 2013 – Media and all members of the Sudbury community are invited to take part in the Laurentian University School of Architecture’s inaugural lecture series, “Visions in Canadian Design.” The series is being launched in conjunction with the official opening of Canada’s newest school of architecture on September 4th, 2013.
August 6, 2013 – The Laurentian University School of Architecture is pleased to be welcoming the charter class of students for the Fall 2013 launch of Canada’s newest architecture school.
July 29, 2013 – Single sculler Carling Zeeman of Laurentian University pulls off a dramatic finish to earn a silver medal for Canada on Sunday at the World Rowing Under 23 Championships in Linz-Ottensheim, Austria.