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The registration period for the 2024 winter cohort is launched!

Are you looking for a fresh start and want to undertake a transformative professional project?

The Lise Watier Foundation offers the Let’s Start Up program to women who wish to carry out a professional project related to entrepreneurship, the pursuit of post-secondary studies or the search for a more fulfilling job.


“Électrique Glam” Ball


✨The magic of the 10th Bal de la Fondation: $1,130,000 for women’s financial independence! ✨

The annual Lise Watier Foundation Ball is an event that continues to shine year after year, and the “Électrique Glam” Ball was no exception.

Chaired by Marie-Claude Dumas, President and CEO of WSP Canada, the 10th edition on October 12 was nothing short of spectacular. Immersed in a glamorous universe recalling the creative spirit of Prince and Bowie, over 750 guests attended the event.

Who we are

A helping hand for women

The mission of the Lise Watier Foundation is to help women living in a situation of economic, social or professional vulnerability reclaim confidence in their own abilities and take the initiative to act towards financial independence.

The Foundation offers women resources, training, support and access to a network to enable them to develop their self-confidence and their full professional potential.

Our intervention pillars

Motivate women to get involved in a professional development project by giving them confidence in their abilities.
Offer training and personalized coaching to help women better recognize their potential and develop their knowledge and skills.   
Provide access to microloans to start a business or financial aid for education, because obtaining traditional financing is sometimes difficult.


A program that changes lives

The issue: the lack of financial independence for local women

In Canada, 35 % of working women earn less than $20,000 per year*.


women supported towards financial independence.

98 %

of participants have a better level of confidence in
their skills.

98 %

acquired new knowledge and developed
their skills.

31 %

are in a better
financial situation after just one year.

95 %

say the program is still having a positive impact on their lives one year after completing it.

*Statistics Canada (2021).


Graduate of the Let’s Start Up Program

The Lise Watier Foundation offers the Let’s Start Up program in Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City, the Laurentians and Montérégie. More than 200 women a year are committed to taking action through the Let’s Start Up program. They graduate with a better understanding of their strengths and skills, as well as the knowledge and tools to implement their professional project. Women thus begin a new journey towards financial independence through entrepreneurship, a return to school or a more fulfilling job.

Major donors

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Fondation J.A. DeSève
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