to support the financial independence of local women

Tuesday, June 4, 2024 | from 6pm to 9pm | Shangri-La Toronto

In a festive atmosphere, this event will highlight the mission of the Lise Watier Foundation and support the financial independence of local women. This is a wonderful opportunity for the Toronto philanthropic community to celebrate the inspiring professional achievements of the women in the Let’s Start Up Program.

Shangri-La Toronto – 188 University Ave, Toronto
Doors open at 6pm
Cost of ticket: $350
(with tax receipt of approximately $200)
Business casual


Katie Tabesh
Managing Director, Institutional Equity Sales

Katerine Rocheleau
Development & Communication


Reserve your place now for the Cocktail for a Better Tomorrow by purchasing a corporate package or an individual ticket. You can do it online or by downloading the form below.

  • 20 tickets for the event
  • Mention during evening speeches
  • Banner at the entrance
  • Logo on screen
  • Logo on thank you card
  • Integration of your company’s name on the Lise Watier Foundation Website
  • Tax receipt with an approximative value of $10,000
  • 12 tickets for the event
  • Banner at the entrance
  • Logo on screen
  • Logo on thank you card
  • Integration of your company’s name on the Lise Watier Foundation Website
  • Tax receipt with an approximative value of $7,000
  • 6 tickets for the event
  • Logo on screen
  • Logo on thank you card
  • Integration of your company’s name on the Lise Watier Foundation Website
  • Tax receipt with an approximative value of $3,000
  • Tax receipt with an approximative value of $200

If you prefer to pay by check or by bank transfer, you can fill the form below and send it to

A word from our co-chairs

“It’s both a source of privilege and excitement to be involved with the Lise Watier Foundation and the “Let’s Start Up” program for the second year in a row. In the coming year, our aim is to amplify both financial support and awareness for this transformative program. This initiative not only equips women with essential tools for achieving financial independence but also presents their children with role models to admire. With a capital markets career spanning over two decades, a mother of three and as an immigrant, advocacy for women’s rights and creating a more diverse and equitable workforce has always been near and dear to my heart. As an active member of Women in Capital Markets, I have been an official and unofficial mentor to many up-and-coming women in all socio-economic circumstances. Growing up, I was inspired by watching my immigrant mother build an esthetics business, without any financial help or guidance, while caring for and raising a family. Today, I am motivated by my two daughters, who drive me to build a better world for them, one in which they can grow and succeed without any prejudice.”  

Katie Tabesh
Managing Director
Institutional Equity Sales
National Bank Financial Markets

“The Guy Côté Wealth Management Team of National Bank Financial has supported the Lise Watier Foundation since its inception. Guided by the desire to do more to support women’s financial independence, I am honored to co-chair the second edition of this fundraising event supporting the Let’s Start Up program in Toronto. As a mother of three, I understand the profound impact that empowering women has on building a better future not just for them, but for their children as well. Investing in women’s success is investing in a brighter tomorrow for us all. Let us unite in this noble cause and pave the way for a more prosperous and equitable future.”

Katerine Rocheleau
Development & Communication
National Bank Financial _ Team Guy Côté

The ambassadors committee

Amy Dietz-Graham
Senior Wealth Advisor & Portfolio Manager
National Bank Financial Wealth Management
Alison Glober,
B. Com, MA, ICD.D

Partner, Advisory Services
KPMG Canada
Tristan Rocheleau
Investment Analyst, CFA National Bank Financial _Team Guy Côté
Julia Wagner

How will the funds be used?

The funds raised will be used to support Let’s Start Up, the professional development program of the Lise Watier Foundation.

By taking part in this event, you will contribute to …

  • Empower local women to discover a career path aligned with their aspirations; 
  • Restore their self-esteem and confidence in their capabilities; 
  • Provide avenues for skill and knowledge enhancement; 
  • Encourage female entrepreneurship; 
  • Foster a more inclusive and equitable society.

Want to do more?

As part of its fundraising event for the Lise Watier Foundation, the National Bank of Canada is organizing a draw. We are looking for prizes to offer during this unique event. By offering products or services for our draw, in addition to an interesting visibility, you will support the career path of local women.

Please note that a tax receipt equivalent to the market value of the prize will be issued.


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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