Grants for Women Entrepreneurs

The J. Armand Bombardier Excellence Grants for the Next Generation of Women Entrepreneurs were designed to promote the role of women in different sectors of economic and community development, and to recognize the excellence of projects led by women in these sectors.

Who are the winners of the 3rd edition? 

Congratulations to all!

The Janine Bombardier Grant for the cultural and creative sector was awarded to Camille Rouleau of Ballet Hop! The company’s mission is to contribute to greater equality and representation for strong and committed women in society. And that means building self-esteem and self-confidence. That’s where Ballet Hop! comes in, with its caring, ballet-inspired workouts for individuals of all shapes, ages and experience levels. It’s truly a garage league… but of ballet! With 3 studios, an online class platform, boutique cafes, instructor certification, and most importantly, a franchise program, Ballet Hop! creates a space for loving your body, positive physical activity experiences, and a community of inspired, motivated, and confident women.

The Claire Beaudoin Grant for the processing and manufacturing sector was awarded to Andrée-Ann Adam of Animora. Animora is a Quebec company that develops and manufactures innovative animal health products. Its first product was a cranberries-based dental gel that improves the oral health of dogs and cats. Its much appreciated taste, combined with various administration methods, makes animal dental care easier. The cranberry used in the product is known for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Having been on the market for less than 3 years, Animora’s products are now recommended in more than 550 points of sale including 150 veterinary clinics. The company continues to grow outside of Quebec with new distributors in Ontario and British Columbia.

Finally, the Huguette Fontaine Grant for the technological innovation sector was awarded to Pamela Champagne and Marie-Michelle Boulanger of Élite Neurokinetix. Élite Neurokinetix (ENK) was created from the founding team’s shared passion for sports and science. Sports provide opportunities for young people to develop skills on the playing field as well as in life. ENK’s mission is to ensure that athletes from all neighborhoods have access to the same opportunities to grow positively through healthy and inclusive sport participation. The team first developed a proactive method of injury prevention in amateur contact sports, combining neuroscience, movement analysis and artificial intelligence. Today, ENK offers a web-based platform that allows amateur athletes to improve their sports skills while maintaining their health. The platform shares information with coaches, sports organizations and parents to intelligently reduce injuries and collectively optimize the positive development, mental & social-emotional health and well-being of athletes.

We would like to thank the members of the selection committees for their precious collaboration: Eve-Lyne Biron, Jonathan Chaloux, Mariam Coulibaly (Compagnie F), Ève Dalfond (Femmessor), Géraldine Dallaire (HEC), Ghyslain Goulet (ACET) as well as the members of the families of the founders and the employees of the Foundation.

Worth $10,00 each, the Excellence Grants for the Next Generation of Québec Women Entrepreneurs recognize annually the work of 3 women entrepreneurs whose business is between 1 to 5 years old. Created in honour of the 3 women founders of the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation, who retired in 2018 after 53 years of engagement, the grants focus on the following fields:

  • The Janine Bombardier Grant addresses the cultural and creative field
  • The Claire Beaudoin Grant addresses the processing and manufacturing field
  • The Huguette Fontaine Grant addresses the technological innovation field

Discover “our alumni”, fabulous entrepreneurs who are still making a name for themselves!
Janine Bombardier Grant : Mallory Wilson of Entremise and Marie Delannoy of Cartel.
Claire Beaudoin Grant : Elizabeth Coulombe and Valérie Laliberté of TERO and Érica Lebrun-Gauvin of Mme L’Ovary.
Huguette Fontaine Grant : Naysan Saran of CANN Forecast and Ashwaq Al-Hashedi of Invicare.

Application form

The application period is now closed. Come back on November 1st, 2021 for the next edition!

  • Incorporated private companies: at least 50% of the company must be owned by a woman or a group of women
  • Social economy enterprises (NPOs and cooperatives): the entrepreneur must be the founder or co-founder
  • The entity must have been constituted for at least one year with a maximum of 5 years
  • The entity’s head office is in Québec
  • The entrepreneur resides in Québec
  • The entrepreneur is a Canadian or permanent resident
  • Applicants not released from a bankruptcy judgment
  • Projects of a discriminatory nature
  • Projects of a sexual, religious or political nature
  • Ad hoc event projects
  • Projects related to illicit or recreational drugs 
  • Bar or discotheque projects
  • Student projects: internships and university projects
  • Research and development projects
  • Self-employed workers
  • Projects for which the main value-added activities are outside Québec
  • Projects where the main activities are retail sales


Intended for women entrepreneurs active in the cultural or creative field.
Eligible sectors: 

  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Digital arts
  • Literature and publishing
  • Museology
  • Theatre arts
  • Visual and audiovisual production 
  • Visual arts


Intended for women entrepreneurs active in the processing and manufacturing field. 
All sectors are eligible.


Intended for women entrepreneurs active in the technological innovation field.
Eligible sectors: 

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Biotechnology/health
  • Electronics
  • Engineering
  • Information and communications technology
  • Robotics

The criteria that can shed light on the excellence of the applications submitted pertain to:  

  • The quality and soundness of the business model
  • Viability and coherence
  • Consolidation / growth potential
  • Roots in the community, partnerships 
  • The distinctive and innovative nature of the project 
  • The social impact of the business
  • Demonstration of the grant’s value added in the project

Deadline: December 31st, 2020 at midnight

Application process:
1- Fill in the application formall questions require an answer and click on done.
2- Within 3 days of receiving the form, we will send you a personalised link from which you will send us the documents required to complete your file (the deadline for sending the documents is midnight on December 31, 2020).  

Documents to include in your application:  
1- The entrepreneur’s CV
2- The organization chart of the company, the NPO or the cooperative
3- Your audited financial statements for the past 2 years (or commented by a professional accountant)
4- Budgeted financial statements over 2 years, including: the quaterly cash budget, an income statement, a balance sheet.
5- Optional : a short video (max of 2 mn) presenting your business plan, your team, the impact the grant will have on your business.

Launch: October 1st, 2020

Delivery of applications: December 31st, 2020

Study of applications: from February to March, 2021

Announcement of the winners: April 30, 2021

Official presentation:  May 2021 

Can I submit my application if I am under 18 years of age?
No. Entrepreneurs who submit their application for the grant must be over 18 years of age at the time their candidacy is evaluated.

What should I do if I reside outside Québec but I intend to establish my business in Québec?
An entrepreneur who submits an application for the grant must meet all the eligibility criteria. She must therefore reside in Québec and her business must be based in Québec at the time her application is submitted. 

What legal forms of business are eligible?
Incorporated companies and social economy enterprises (NPOs and cooperatives). 

What legal forms of business are ineligible?
Sole proprietorship (self-employed worker), general partners (GP), limited partnership (LP), joint venture, association or group of persons, trust operating a commercial enterprise and co-ownership syndicate, foundations, and insurance mutuals.

I am a woman and my associates are men. Is my business eligible?
Yes. The company, the cooperative or the NPO must have at least one woman founder/associate. She files the grant application and will be the recipient of the grant if her application is selected. 

Is a subsidiary, branch or division of a company eligible? 
To be eligible, the company must appear in the Québec Enterprise Register and have a Québec Enterprise Number (NEQ). In addition, it must prove that it has a real activity and generates revenue and expenses. 

I have not obtained my permanent resident status yet. Am I eligible?
No. The entrepreneur must be a Canadian citizen or hold permanent resident status. 

Must I work full time in my business to be eligible for the grant?
There is no eligibility criterion requiring the entrepreneur to work full time in the business. However, she must prove her ability to carry out the project and move it forward.

Must I have sales to be eligible?
No, but the more advanced the project is, the more the perception of the risk is reduced. 

My business was constituted more than 5 years ago. Am I eligible? 
No. The business must have been constituted 5 years ago or less. 

My business was constituted less than 1 year ago. Am I eligible? 
No. The business must have been constituted for at least 1 year. 

What are the eligible sectors of activity?
Please, refer to the information above. 

When can I expect to receive an answer?
Within 3 months of the candidacy submission deadline. 

Can I file again next year if my application has been refused?
Yes, the same application can be submitted more than once, as long as the project fulfills our eligibility requirements.

In what ways must my application stand out to be chosen?
We look at the following criteria:

  • The quality and soundness of the business model
  • Viability and coherence: consolidation/growth potential and partnerships
  • The distinctive and innovative nature of the business
  • The social impact
  • The value added of the grant for your project

Who will evaluate my application?
The first triage is done by the Foundation’s staff who ensures that the application complies with all the criteria. A Grant Award Committee composed of 5 persons analyzes the applications and issues a recommendation. This committee is composed of experts in financial management of companies, women entrepreneurs, and family members. The Board of Directors and the founders of the J. Armand Bombardier Foundation, Janine Bombardier, Claire Beaudoin and Huguette Fontaine, make the final decision.

What documents must be included in the application?

  • The questionnaire
  • The entrepreneur’s CV
  • The organization chart of the company, the NPO or the cooperative
  • Your audited financial statements for the past 2 years (or commented by a professional accountant)
  • Budgeted financial statements over 2 years, including: the quaterly cash budget, an income statement, a balance sheet. 
  • Optional : a short video (max of 2 mn) presenting your business plan, your team, the impact the grant will have on your business. 

Do you communicate with the persons who are not selected?
Yes. All the candidates will be informed by email of the status of their application.

Why was my project refused?
Even if you meet all the eligibility criteria, this does not guarantee you will be awarded a grant. There are many applications and 3 grants are awarded annually.  

"The grant will allow us to carry out our educational mission, which aims to break the taboo surrounding menstruation and act to reduce waste by investing in our social projects, and thus increase the outreach of our initiative to the rest of Canada. "
Érica Lebrun-Gauvin, Mme l'Ovary
"The grant will be used towards optimization of the scale-up manufacturing process. This fund will allow us to transfer our production from the current semi-automated process to the fully automated one, and increase the shelf life of our products."
Ashwaq Al-Hashedi, Invicare
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