2019 Graduation Ceremony

September 5, 2019

On September 4th, the 2018-2019 Let’s Start Up graduation ceremony was held at Concordia University. This year, 148 women completed the program, including 131 in entrepreneurship. The event was infused with emotions and pride, and was also the occasion for National Bank to officially confirm its commitment to the Foundation, becoming the main partner of the Let’s Start Up program. The bank’s significant contribution of $500,000 will allow even more women living in vulnerable social and economic...

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Let’s Start Up program helps women in need gain financial autonomy

August 15, 2019

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The Lise Watier Foundation’s Let’s Start Up Program aims to help women in need gain financial autonomy through an action plan centred on entrepreneurship, education and workforce reintegration. The program provides hybrid-style training by combining online and classroom training and individual support. “We work every day to help women gain financial autonomy. It changes not only their own...

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$120,000 raised for the Foundation!

June 7, 2019

On May 28, the Guy Côté Family Wealth Management Team, National Bank Financial, welcomed 380 guests to the sixth edition of the “Pour un avenir meilleur” event. Under the honorary chairmanship of Ms. Isabelle Paquet, Managing Director, Global Equity Derivatives at National Bank of Canada, this memorable evening allowed us to raise an astounding $120,000 for the Lise Watier Foundation for Education. Thank you so much for your support year after year! ...

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$132,315 at Cocktelle!

June 7, 2019

On May 9, the fourth edition of the Cocktelle de Québec took place, benefiting the Lise Watier Foundation. Replete with spring colours, this festive evening was held under the honorary chairmanship of Ms. Caroline Lacroix, Vice-President, Communications and Marketing, Cominar. Thank you to our partners, sponsors, ambassador committee, and the 400 guests who enabled us to raise the record sum of $132,315 net. Your generosity will help change the lives of women who want to...

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$790,000 net raised at the Lise Watier Foundation Ball

October 23, 2018

  On October 11, the “Lights of Marrakech” Ball benefiting the Lise Watier Foundation took place under the honorary co-chairmanship of Ronald Dahms, Executive Chair, Optimum Talent, and Nancy Paquet, Vice-President, Investments, National Bank of Canada. This escape into the lavish world of Marrakech allowed us to raise the generous record sum of $790,000 net for the Lise Watier Foundation. It was an evening filled with magic, human warmth and...

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Concordia University recognizes the Lets Start up Program

September 13, 2018

An important step for the first graduates of The Lise Watier Foundation’s Lets Start up Program: Concordia University recognizes as part of continuing education. "This partnership with the program makes a substantial contribution to our mission: helping the most vulnerable women achieve financial independence" adds Marie-Lise Andrade, General Manager of the Lise Watier Foundation. "Earning a certificate from Concordia is an accomplishment for the women we support that...

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Let’s Start Up program’s first graduates

August 21, 2018

In July, the Let's Start Up program’s first graduations took place in Montreal and Quebec City! The Foundation is proud to celebrate and recognize the perseverance and hard work of the program’s graduates. The graduation ceremonies of this very first cohort were held at the YWCA in Montreal and the Centre Étape in Quebec City. To see photos of the events, click here: Montreal* and Quebec...

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$103,000 NET RAISED

June 20, 2018

On May 29, the Guy Côté Family Wealth Management Team from National Bank Financial presented the 5th edition of their “Summer Starts May 29” fundraising evening under the honorary chairmanship of Dominique Perras, Director, Structured Solutions Group, National Bank of Canada. This wonderful evening brought together more than 350 people at New City Gas, and allowed us to raise $103,000 for the Fonds Lise Watier for education. Thanks to the entire team for their generous support! Read more