Our team

The Foundation’s team is composed of committed and dedicated professionals who work together to change the lives of women here.

Our team

Marie-Lise Andrade
President, Executive Director

After obtaining her law degree, Marie-Lise began a career in marketing as VP Marketing at Lise Watier Cosmetics. In 2009, together with her mother, Lise Watier, she established the Lise Watier Foundation and took on the role of General Manager.

Claude Bernard
Senior Director, Strategy and Development

A graduate of HEC Montréal and IAE Aix-en-Provence, Claude worked for several years in marketing research. Over the past 12 years, however, she has put this expertise to good use by dedicating herself to fundraising for organizations and foundations, including Centraide Montreal, Episode, and Université de Montréal.

Marielle Boyer
Program Director

Marielle has a solid background in the creation and implemention of training programs for community organizations. Equipped with a degree in Education, she can understand training challenges and needs, and has contributed directly to the development and implementation of the Foundation’s Let’s Start Up program.

Peilan Bergeron Parenteau
Project Manager, Communications and Philanthropy

Proactive and hard-working, Peilan is motivated by the desire to contribute to the development of the full potential of the women helped by the Lise Watier Foundation. Thanks to her experience acquired in the community setting, she can understand the reality of the environment and to develop relevant philanthropic practices. With a bachelor’s degree in communications and a DESS in marketing, Peilan uses her knowledge to make the Lise Watier Foundation shine at its brightness.

Céline Chopin
Expert Advisor in Entrepreneurship

With her results-oriented approach and exceptional resourcefulness, Céline is our quiet strength. Her expertise as a business advisor and mediator allows her to ensure the continuity of our participants’ entrepreneurial projects. In addition to providing expert advice, she actively listens to our entrepreneurs and gives them a welcome dose of encouragement. Her rigor, organizational skills and sense of initiative make her an essential member of the Foundation’s team.

Annie Dupont
Project Manager, Programs

Annie is in charge of establishing, nurturing and expanding the Let’s Start Up community. Her team spirit and extensive experience as a respected entrepreneur and manager in human resources and philanthropy give her a 360-degree vision of our participants’ needs. She contributes her expertise and knowledge to help them stay energized and engaged, for the greater good of the program.

Magali Mahillet
Profesionnal Development Advisor

Magali is passionate and works hard to improve integration of women living in a vulnerable situation in the job market. Since obtaining her degree in sociology, she has been working for the community to support women job hunters. Magali chose to join the Lise Watier Foundation team to continue to make a positive impact in the lives of women.

Nathalie Tapp
Administrative assistant

Dedicated and proactive, Nathalie first worked in infographics for fifteen years. Since 2006, she has been involved in philanthropy, including fundraising for cancer research.

Karen Wood
Development Officer

Karen has developed a strong sense of dedication to the non-profit sector, and is passionate about helping every woman develop her full professional potential towards financial independence. She is very excited to bring her knowledge and skills to the Lise Watier Foundation to help make it a success in Toronto.

Our Let’s Start Up advisors

Chantale Parent
Advisor, Laurentians

Liza Harkiolakis
Advisor, Montérégie

Aline Chami
Advisor, Montreal

Tayssa Waldron
Advisor, Montreal

Rachel Simioni
Advisor, Montreal

Deirdre Millin
Advisor, Toronto

Sanna Toelke
Advisor, Toronto

Sarah Reynolds
Advisor, Toronto

Our board of directors

The Lise Watier Foundation is administered by a board of directors that includes prominent public figures and business experts. The members of the board have ensured transparent management of the funds and contributed to the growing reputation and success of the Foundation.

Support women here today

Do you also want to help women take the path to financial independence? You are convinced that with help and support, women can achieve a transformative professional project that will ensure a better future for them and their children?

Be part of the solution!

” I felt exhausted, so I questioned my future. The program changed my life!  It allowed me to refocus on my needs and visualize where I wanted to go. I met women who gave me confidence and shared their knowledge to help me start my own business.


Let's Start Up Program, Entrepreneurship stream

“I am so grateful for the Lise Watier Foundation’s financial aid for studies. Thanks to this support, I have the tools I need to become professionally accomplished and to live again. I am proud of where am today and know that my children are too…and you can’t put a price on that.” 


Let's Start Up Program, Education stream

“Go ahead, believe in your dreams because anything is possible, really, ANYTHING! Never, at 60, would I have thought it was possible… But thanks to the Let’s Start Up program, I have come out of my shell; I now realize how much potential I have, and I know I will make it.


Let's Start Up Program, Entrepreneurship stream

Major donors

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National Bank
Fondation J.A. DeSève
Power Corporation of Canada
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