Inspiring and resilient women. They are models of determination and courage. They have a genuine desire to forge their own path, while working together in solidarity. They are ready to make huge efforts and to work hard! And they are going to make their dreams come true.

That’s what the Lise Watier Foundation is all about.

The work of our advisors

How to dream your life at work…according to Chantale

Read the testimonial from our Let’s Start Up Program advisor in the Laurentians

Inspiring stories from our graduates

Discover the testimonials of women helped by the Lise Watier Foundation.

The story of Myriam.

When the call of entrepreneurship is stronger than all else.


Balancing professional dreams with being a mother of 4 children.


A graphic designer who found her place by becoming self-employed.


When immigration rhymes with career change.


Gabriela, a single mother who is going back to school with the financial aid of the Lise Watier Foundation. 


Taking different paths to find her way.

Dominique-Nadeau, femme d'affaires


Full-time mom turned successful businesswoman.


Building her business after 10 years of working in an environment that did not suit her.


A woman’s drive to success.

Our graduates on the radio

Listen to our graduates’ interviews on the radio program Intention inc., hosted by Sophia Zito and François Morin, which focuses on entrepreneurship.

Other touching testimonials

Our participants speak about the program

The following testimonies confirm that the Let’s Start Up Program have a concrete impact on the participants by helping them to regain self-confidence and achieve financial independence.

Sarah, a vegan catering entrepreneur
Geneviève, when entrepreneurship rhymes with success
Gabriela, a single mother going to post-secondary school
Prudence, a newcomer launching her business
Marie-Christine, a successful businesswoman
Julie Ann, a resilient women
Roxann, a very talented photographer
Julia, a student in jewelry
Nancy, founder of the Fromagerie St-Sauveur

” The Foundation allowed me to continue my studies and helped me by providing not only financial aid, but also by offering real support. Every month, I had feedback with my counsellor, who encouraged me… it felt good to share with someone! Today, I am proud to have completed my special education technique and I hope to help others. Many thanks from me and my six children. “

Let’s Start Up Program, Education stream – Special Education technique

The warm and caring attitude of everyone involved in the program really made a difference. The positive energy and enthusiasm of the advisors was contagious, and I would bring this amazing energy home every day. At the end of each session, I felt like I could accomplish anything! ”

Let’s Start Up Program, Entrepreneurship stream

“Throughout the program, I felt so lucky to be surrounded by inspiring women and professional counsellors. I never would’ve made it on my own; now I can finally do what I really enjoy.”

Let’s Start Up Program, Entrepreneurship stream


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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