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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.

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.

Monica Lodygensky
Director, Development and partnerships

Following a career path in the international domain, Monica moved to Montreal in 2011 where she has since been dedicated to local causes. She was part of the leadership team at the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation and that of the major campaign at Christ Church Cathedral before joining McGill, where she played a key role in the implementation of a new corporate engagement strategy as part of the university’s bicentennial campaign. With her rich experience acquired in the non-profit and philanthropic sector, Monica joined the team of the Lise Watier Foundation and intends to use her expertise to strengthen the reach and impact of the Foundation.

Camila Acosta
Project manager – Communications, program and relations with graduates

Camila is responsible for setting up, maintaining and growing the Let’s Start Up community. She studied Communication and Entrepreneurship. Her team spirit, combined with her background in community and philanthropic experience, allows her to bring her expertise and knowledge to ensure that the participants remain mobilized and engaged throughout the program. Camila is committed to the cause of women’s growth and success.

Yanice Artigny
Entrepreneurship Coach

Yanice has been working in the Quebec Entrepreneurship ecosystem since 2019. In recent years, she has held the position of STA advisor at the École des entrepreneurs (ÉEQ), financial analyst at Femmessor (EVOL) and she is now an entrepreneurship coach at the Lise Watier Foundation. With a double Master’s degree in Finance and Corporate Finance (France) and a Certificate in International Business, Operations and Management (USA), her expertise allows her to support the Let’s Start Up entrepreneurs by helping them develop a viable business project, aligned with their values and meeting the requirements of the business world.

Peilan Bergeron Parenteau
Manager, Communications and Donor Relations

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.

Adeline Chapron
Professional Development ACC Coach

With a Master’s degree in Communication, Adeline has moved through multiple careers and different environments, from salaried employee to self-employed, including the creation of a coffee shop dedicated to women on maternity leave. Today, as a certified coach with the ICF and with her ACC certification, she is dedicated to transform the lives of people who want to make a change. At the Foundation, she accompanies women in defining their employment objective, through a coaching approach, in individual and group sessions, in which they will be able to make enlightening, mobilizing choices that reveal their full potential.

Marie-Lourdes Jean-Pierre
Administrative assistant

Marie-Lourdes has a strong human and professional background both in Quebec and abroad. She brings all of her qualities to the Foundation in her role as Administrative Assistant. Her versatility allows her to organize with determination and pragmatism, the various tasks related to accounting and secretarial administration for the efficiency of the team and the Foundation’s events.

Our Let’s Start Up advisors

Chantale Parent
Advisor, Laurentians

Catherine Marceau Dumais
Advisor, Quebec City

Liza Harkiolakis
Advisor, Montérégie

Géraldine Brouard
Advisor, Montreal

Frédérique D’Amours
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.


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.

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