Our Team

The Lise Watier Foundation is a registered non-profit and charitable organization. Our team is comprised of dedicated professionals who join forces with members of their network to effect change in the lives of women in need.

Marie-Lise Andrade

Marie-Lise Andrade
Executive Director After obtaining her law degree, Marie-Lise began a career in marketing as VP Marketing at Lise Watier Cosmetics. In 2009, together with her mother, Lise Watier, she established the Lise Watier Foundation and took on the role of General Manager.

Claude Bernard

Claude Bernard
Development Director A graduate of HEC Montréal and IAE Aix-en-Provence, Claude worked for several years in marketing research. Over the past 12 years, however, she has put this expertise to good use by dedicating herself to fundraising for organizations and foundations, including Centraide Montreal, Episode, and Université de Montréal.

Marielle Boyer

Marielle Boyer
Program Director Marielle has a solid background in the creation and implemention of training programs for community organizations. Equipped with a degree in Education, she is able to understand training challenges and needs, and has contributed directly to the development and implementation of the Foundation’s Let’s Start Up program.

Sophie Gareau

Sophie Gareau
Project Manager, Communications and Marketing Dynamic and dedicated, Sophie is an outstanding team player. With her diverse background, both as an intrapreneur and an entrepreneur, she knows how to achieve objectives and understands the challenges facing the Let’s Start Up participants. In addition to holding a bachelor’s degree in Communications and an MBA in Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Sophie is an artist at heart and is adept at highlighting the Foundation’s best qualities, thereby ensuring its excellent reputation.

Céline Chopin

Céline Chopin
Expert Advisor in Entrepreneurship With her results-oriented approach and exceptional resourcefulness, Céline is our quiet strength. Her expertise as a business advisor and mediator allows her to ensure the continuity of our participants’ entrepreneurial projects. In addition to providing expert advice, she actively listens to our entrepreneurs and gives them a welcome dose of encouragement. Her rigor, organizational skills and sense of initiative make her an essential member of the Foundation’s team.

Annie Dupont

Annie Dupont
Project Manager, programs Annie is in charge of establishing, nurturing and expanding the Let’s Start Up community. Her team spirit and extensive experience as a respected entrepreneur and manager in human resources and philanthropy give her a 360-degree vision of our participants’ needs. She contributes her expertise and knowledge to help them stay energized and engaged, for the greater good of the program.


Chantale Parent
Advisor, Laurentians

Aline Chami
Advisor, Montreal

Tayssa Waldron
Advisor, Montreal

Liza Harkiolakis
Advisor, Montérégie

Sonya Tremblay
Advisor, Quebec

Our board of directors

The Lise Watier Foundation is administered by a board of directors that includes prominent public figures and business experts. The members of the board have ensured transparent management of the funds and contributed to the growing reputation and success of the Foundation.

We thank our directors, caring people who, like Ms. Watier, are dedicated to supporting women in need as they forge ahead on their journey toward autonomy, confidence and success.

Guy Côté
Chairman of the board
Senior Vice-President, National Bank Financial - Wealth management

Lise Watier

Marie-Lise Andrade
General Manager

Marie-Claude Boisvert
Partner, Clearspring Capital Partners

Annie Brisson
Human Resources Leader, Groupe Jean Coutu

David Cape
President and CEO, Groupe Marcelle

Pascal Chandonnet
Senior marketing and communications strategist

Philippe Dandurand
President and CEO, Vins Philippe Dandurand

Danielle Gendron

Julie-Martine Loranger
Partner, McCarthy Tetrault

Serge Rocheleau

Alyson T. Wood
Managing Director - DWH inc.
(Les Placements Dennis Wood /Dennis Wood Holdings)


Download our 2018/2019 annual report here.