Our impact

At the Lise Watier Foundation, measuring our impact on the women we help is essential.

A concrete impact on local women

We have helped 636 women since the launch of the Let’s Start Up program in 2017.

  • 365 women have graduated and received a certificate from Concordia University. They are in pre-start-up, start-up or business;
  • 236 women have chosen the Employment Stream;
  • 35 women have received financial aid to pursue post-secondary education. The majority are single mothers;

A total of $518,000 has been has been allocated in student financial aid since the program was launched.


business launched.


hours of training.


hours of personalized support.


microloans in progress to support the start-up

In 2021-2022, we supported 237 women towards financial independence 

  • 168 women completed the program:  
    • 136 in entrepreneurship 
    • 16 chose the education stream
    • 16 have taken the steps to return to the workforce 
  • 54 women are followed by our entrepreneurial coach for the implementation of their business project AND by the professional development expert for the return to employment
  • 15 women received financial aid for post-secondary studies 
  • 867 hours of training 
  • 1437 hours of personalized support   
  • 21 companies launched 
  • 4 microloans in progress to support the start-up


At the end of the program, the women are convinced they have the capacities and they are fully involved in their professional project.

99 %

say the program has had a positive impact on their lives and would recommend the program to other women.

96 %

feel equipped and ready to embark on their professional project.

98 %

have a better level of confidence in their skills.

  • 97 % claim that the program has given them the support they need to define their professional project.  
  • 98 % acquired new knowledge and developed their skills. 
  • 84 % have created a new network of contacts. 

One year after the end of the Let’s Start Up Program, its positive impact continues to be felt.

At the start of the program, 71% of women were earning less than $25,000 per year. 

After just one year,

33 %

are in better financial situation. 

* This statistic has dropped from 45% in 2020-2021, to 33% in 2021-2022 due to the context of the pandemic, which has weakened the employment situation of women.

94 %

say the program is still having a positive impact in their life. 

81 %

still use concepts learned in the program. hard to make themselves felt. 

$5,000 is all it takes to help a woman on her professional journey towards financial independence. Since 2017, the Lise Watier Foundation has supported over 600 women. This means that more than $3 M has been invested in the future of women here.

Support local women today

Do you want to help women take the path to financial independence? Are you 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 I am today and I 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

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