Canadian Entertainment Industry Powerhouse Stephen Stohn Appointed 12th Chancellor Of Trent University

Trent University alumnus Stephen Stohn ’66, a respected entertainment lawyer, award-winning producer, songwriter and author, has been appointed as the 12th chancellor of Trent University.

Stohn is the second alumnus to hold the position in the institution’s 55-year history. A 14-time Canadian Screen Award (formerly the Gemini Award) winner, Stohn is well known as the executive producer of various iterations of the Degrassi television franchise and for his role as executive producer of The Juno Awards for close to 20 years. 

Photo of Stephen Stohn courtesy Trent University

Photo of Stephen Stohn courtesy Trent University

As an attorney, Stohn has represented some of the most talented and successful artists Canada has produced in the last 30-plus years, helping to guide their careers to international success.

“The unique guiding principles of Trent have been foundational to my life,” says Stohn. “The formal and the informal learning opportunities that I look back on propelled my own career, but are even more important for students today as formative and needed tools to help confront and adapt to our rapidly-changing economic, political and social times. In coming back as chancellor, I’m delighted that I will be promulgating these special qualities of Trent.”

Photo of Stephen Stohn courtesy Trent University

Photo of Stephen Stohn courtesy Trent University

As a student in the late Sixties, Stohn co-founded Trent’s student newspaper, Arthur, as well as Trent Radio—both of which are still widely known to Trent students and the Peterborough community.

Stohn’s transformational philanthropic support for Trent has been key in the development of several projects, including a $1 million gift to make the new Student Centre a reality. In 2015, he served as alumni-in-residence, participating and mentoring Trent students in workshops and seminars.

In 2011, Stohn was inducted into the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. He has also written a book, Whatever It Takes: Life Lessons from Degrassi and Elsewhere in the World of Music and Television.

Stohn will be installed as Trent University’s 12th chancellor at Convocation ceremonies to be held Friday, June 7th at 2 p.m.

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