Business and Technology Instructor
Deborah Knight is an arts and entertainment business agency owner, Musician and Professor on the Entertainment Management program at Trebas Institute. As a seasoned communications specialist with more than 20 years of public relations and marketing communications experience, she has been a mentor to many students and enjoys watching their careers expand.
Deborah has a Specialist Bachelor’s in Arts Administration from the University of Toronto and a postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and Fundraising from George Brown College in Toronto. She also holds a Diploma in Music Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and has studied music performance at Boston University.
Deborah was previously a Professor at Centennial College’s School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design and helped to create their programs and write courses for their postgraduate co-operative program - Arts Management. On the corporate communications side, she has taught the postgraduate public relations courses for the Corporate Public Relations program.
She has worked with a diverse range of clients, from Hollywood celebrities, talk show hosts, Canadian entertainers, politicians, sports celebrities and some of Canada’s top CEOs. Deborah’s passion is creating successful media relations campaigns that receive national attention. Her favourites include:
- Garth Brooks
- Brad Paisley
- Michelle Williams
- Natalie Cole
- Barry Manilow
- Tony Bennett
- Helen Mirren
Deborah has also worked with bands such as U2 and Foreigner. Deborah has been on tour with musical acts across 38 US states and many provinces of Canada and has worked in London, New York and Los Angeles with television companies such as Insight Productions, Big Coat Media, CBC, CTV, The Comedy Network, HGTV and WTN. She has developed community giving programs for SkyDome Corporation, WestJet and the Toronto Kiwanis Club.
Deborah is actively engaged in the community as a Board Member of The Toronto Kiwanis Club, The Toronto Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club and recently helped to create a new food bank in Scarborough. In 2007, she created The Baby Circle, which gives baby and toddler clothing for working new moms in need in Toronto.