The arts were her passion and at UTS, Lisa Freeman ’87, P ’27 was in her element, taking part in school plays and talent shows while learning to lead – she became the first female captain at our school.
“The arts can help you change how people feel about issues by forging an emotional connection that is even more powerful than intellectual arguments and really influencing people,” she says.
After UTS, Lisa parlayed her MBA from the Schulich School of Business into work in copyright and arts management which led to her current role as Executive Director of the Canadian Private Copying Collective. It’s a job she couldn’t have imagined when she was a UTS student, but now her work touches the lives of musicians across the country, ensuring artists receive fair compensation for their work. The environment feels similar to UTS, in that she is surrounded by people who are committed to their passions and making a difference for others.
“UTS did a great job of making us all feel comfortable about geeking out, and by that, I mean questioning why things are the way they are and thinking about how things could be better or fixed,” she says. “It was always my wish to make my work meaningful.”
Along with giving her financial support to the school, she has volunteered on the UTS Alumni Association Board, for Admissions interviews and more.
This fall brings back memories as her son Theo, an F2 (Grade 8) student, begins the first full year of school at our renewed home. “He’s very intellectually curious and asks the most thoughtful questions about things. I wanted him to be at a school where it’s cool to wonder why and really enjoy learning. Within his first month at UTS, it seemed like he really found his people.”
Having the new school will enable UTS students to go further faster, she says. “I’ve always been impressed with the calibre of human beings who come to UTS. A lot of grads make a big impact on their communities or on the world and these are the people who if you put them in a room together, can come up with solutions the world needs. UTS is a school that fosters the capabilities that we need in people who are going to move the needle. We’re going to make the change.”