Our generous donors

Since 2009, the Lise Watier Foundation is pleased to be able to count on the support of valuable donors who are committed to the professional development of women here.


Together we are making a difference… one woman at a time

Among our generous benefactors are well-known companies, both large and corporate citizens who are committed to our cause. Some of them are the official sponsors of our fundraising events, while others have supported us in a multitude of ways since the Foundation’s inception. 

We would like to acknowledge the extraordinary commitment of these companies to the Lise Watier Foundation. Thanks to their contributions, we can have a positive and tangible impact on the lives of the women we help. We thank each one of our benefactors for joining forces with us to make a difference… one woman at a time! 

OUR DONORS 2023-2024

Donors emeritus

  • The Watier Rocheleau Family

$100,000 $ and more

  • Groupe Marcelle
  • The Mirella and Lino Saputo Foundation
  • National Bank

$50,000 – $99,999

  • Dimiele, Gabriel 
  • Fournier, Alain
  • The J.A. DeSève Foundation
  • The Lise & Giuseppe Racanelli Foundation
  • The Marcelle et Jean Coutu Foundation
  • Marché Plouffe Bromont Inc
  • Novacap
  • The RBC Foundation
  • The Rocheleau-Côté Family
  • The Rossy Foundation
  • TD Bank
  • The Wood Family Foundation
  • WSP

$25,000 – $49,999

  • Banque de développement du Canada
  • The Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation
  • Couche-Tard
  • Couture, Martin
  • Fasken
  • Gowling
  • Jean Coutu Group
  • Khalil, Yasmine
  • KPMG
  • National Bank Financial
  • Power Corporation of Canada
  • S&E Services Limited Partnership
  • Sanimax
  • Scotia Bank
  • Simard, Pierre
  • SuccessFinder

$10,000 – $24,999

  • Alfar Capital
  • The Adriana and Olivier Desmarais Foundation
  • Alstom
  • The Amiel Family Foundation
  • The Anne-Marie & Mitch Garber Family Foundation
  • BCF Business Law 
  • Bell Canada
  • BMO
  • Boralex
  • CAE inc.
  • Caisse de dépôt et de placement du Québec
  • Cascades Canada
  • CGI
  • CIMA+
  • Couture, Martin
  • Dalaroy Conseil
  • Davies
  • Dentons Canada S.E.N.C.R.L.
  • Fransylval
  • Groupe Aldo Inc
  • Groupe Park Avenue
  • The Henrichon Goulet Foundation
  • The Huguette and Jean-Louis Fontaine Foundation
  • IA Financial Group
  • Ingenia Technologies Inc
  • Intelcom
  • Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited
  • Kent Group of RBC Dominion Securities
  • Kiewit Cie
  • Lallemand inc.
  • Louise & André Charron Family
  • M&H
  • McCarthy Tétrault
  • Medicart / Epiderma
  • Métro Richelieu Inc
  • National Bank Investments
  • Ninepoint Partners
  • Nuvei
  • Placements Montrusco Bolton Inc.
  • Pomerleau Inc
  • PwC
  • Québécor Media Inc
  • RBC Capital Markets
  • Sagard
  • Stingray
  • Strøm spa nordique
  • Teddington
  • Verreault, Richard

$5,000 – $9,999

  • Accelia Capital
  • Auger, Luce
  • Auger, Martïne
  • Bédard, Éric
  • Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Boyko, Peter
  • Capinabel
  • Cedarome
  • Chiara, Vincent
  • Cirque du Soleil
  • Culture Aveda Salon Boutique
  • De Grandpré Chait
  • Deloitte
  • Desrosiers, Éric
  • Dream Asset Management
  • Entreprises Émile Crevier
  • Estridev
  • The Eulalie-Rose Foundation
  • Fabi, Christian
  • Ferme Equa
  • Fidelity Investments Canada ULC
  • Frank Lareau Inc
  • Girardin, Dave
  • Goulet, Paul-André
  • Grandé Studios
  • Granite Reit
  • H+R Reit
  • The Lanouette Foundation 
  • Lavigne, Stephane
  • Lemay
  • Ménard, Maxime
  • Miele, Francesco
  • The Nicole & Bertin Pelletier Foundation 
  • Pepin, Isabelle et Rivard, François
  • Roynat Inc.
  • Salvaggio, Victor
  • Savard, David
  • Tricon Residential
  • The Virginia Parker Foundation
  • Zakuta, Michael

Our donors talk about their involvement

Martin Couture – Sanimax
Martin Lavigne – National Bank Financial

The Annual Ball of the Foundation – 2023


Marie-Claude Dumas
President and CEO


  • Fannie Charron, Special events management & philanthropy
  • Marc Desparois, President, Founder, Salon De Coiffure Culture
  • Paule Labelle, Co-founder and Strategic Development, Cava Rose
  • Katerine Rocheleau, Development & Communication, National Bank Financial_Team Guy Côté
  • Elsa Vilarinho, Director, Global Brand Strategy, Can-Am, BRP & GBO


  • Groupe Aldo Inc
  • Lumenpulse

The Annual Cocktail of the Foundation – 2024


Claudine Blondin Bronfman
Co-chair, Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation and Chair of the board at C2 Montreal


  • Isabelle Archer Vezina, Senior Manager, Cloud and Data, PwC
  • Theodore Cape, Specialist, Amazon and E-Retail, Groupe Marcelle
  • Jeanne Chamandy, Marketing consultant, Eleventh Letter
  • Valérie Charpentier, Partner, Lawyer, BCF Business law
  • Roselyne Darche, Account Manager, BDC
  • Laurence Dandurand. Lawyer, De Grandpré Chait
  • Hélène Delisle, Consultant, Strategy, BCG
  • Aurélie Desjardins Michaud, Associate, Private Equity
    PSP Investments
  • Lucia Dzoara Mendoz Vazquez, Associate Director, Commercial Banking, Scotiabank (Affaires commerciales)
  • Anne-Lovely Étienne, Columnist, journalist and TV broadcaster, 24 heures
  • Iara Griffith, Lawyer, Privacy and Cybersecurity, Fasken
  • Stéphanie Hart, Private Wealth Portfolio Manager, Jarislowsky, Fraser Limitée
  • Julien Jauffret, MBA, CIM, Wealth Advisor, National Bank Financial _Team Guy Côté
  • Élizabeth Jean, Manager Audit, KPMG
  • Anouk Jullien, Associate, Private Equity, PSP Investments
  • Alicia Kucharska, Associate Director, Real Estate Finance, Otéra Capital
  • Louis-Alexandre Lefebvre, Regional Director, National Bank Investments
  • Soleïca Monnier, CIPP/C, LLM, Lawyer, Fasken
  • Viriane Pes, Director, Credit, Otéra Capital
  • Philippe Rainville, District Sales Executive, Expeditors
  • Tristan Rocheleau, Investment Analyst, CFA, National Bank Financial _Team Guy Côté


  • Crowe BGK
  • Engel & Völkers
  • Groupe Sécurvie

Goods and services

  • Air Canada
  • Aliments Green Brothers
  • Balthazard
  • Bicom
  • Brunello Cucinelli
  • Cameleo
  • Cava Rose
  • Concordia
  • CR34TE
  • Desjardins, André
  • Distillerie Mariana
  • Estiatorio Milos
  • Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
  • Garde Robes Gagnon Inc
  • Gaudreau, Jean 
  • Hendriks, Bob 
  • Kaufmann de Suisse
  • La Luz Portraits
  • Les Enfants Terribles
  • McCarthy Tétrault
  • Mixte Magazine
  • Moetreal
  • Montréal Centre Sports inc.
  • Nespresso Canada
  • Odessa Poissonnier
  • Paragraph
  • Parés Baltà
  • RM Kandy
  • Saputo Services alimentaires
  • Sirco
  • Watier


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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