The 2021-2022 Graduation Ceremony

On September 20, the 2021-2022 Graduation Ceremony of the Let’s Start Up Program – Entrepreneurship Stream took place. Through a hybrid formula, the graduates were able to follow the ceremony live, which took place at the John Molson School of Business – Concordia University

During this day of celebration, we honored the new graduates who have shown great resilience and who have had the will and courage to take the challenge. These women have successfully completed all the steps towards a professional development certificate from Concordia University. Their entrepreneurial dreams have taken flight, as have their confidence, and self-esteem. It is with great pride that the Lise Watier Foundation presented the 100 graduates of the 2021-2022 cohort with a certificate from Concordia University’s Continuing Education Department. Ms. Lise Watier, Ms. Marie-Lise Andrade, Ms. Anne-Marie Croteau (Dean, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University), and Ms. Isabel Dunnigan (Associate Vice-President Lifelong Learning & Executive Director Centre for Continuing Education Concordia University) delivered an inspiring message to the participants.  

The Concordia Spreading your Wings Grant

During the ceremony, Ms. Isabel Dunnigan announced the first recipient of the Concordia Spreading your Wings Grant. This $5,000 grant is offered annually and rewards a promising business project of a graduate from the Let’s Start Up program.  This year, we are proud to present it to Nicole St-Louis, the founder of the company Necknots, which specializes in the creation of scarves made from recycled materials. Nicole has distinguished herself by the innovative nature of her company and its sustainable development practices.

Congratulations to all the graduates

The Lise Watier Foundation and Concordia University are proud of the path taken by all these women who are now graduates of the Let’s Start Up program and we will follow the development of their businesses with great interest! 

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” 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.


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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.


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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. 


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