A resident of Anjou since 1993, Lise Thériault is a woman dedicated to her community. For over 20 years, she is involved in various economic and community organizations and aims to improve the quality of life of the citizens living in the Eastern part of the Island of Montreal, especially in Anjou.
Editor and co-owner of the Journal des gens d’affaires and Express Anjou, Lise Thériault has been a member of the Réseau des femmes d’affaires du Québec and founding chair of the Eastern part of the Island of Montreal chapter, member of the board of directors of the Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de l’Est de l’île de Montréal and chair of the Anjou chapter, founding member of the board of directors of the Corporation of Community and Economic Development (CEDC-Anjou/ Montréal-East), chair of the Board of Audit and Ethics of the Caisse populaire Anjou and founding member of the Long Term Care Facility Lucille-Teasdale. She was also involved with the creation of Fonds pour les jeunes d’Anjou, created in 2002.
Elected Member of National Assembly for the riding of Anjou in the 2002 by-election, she has gained the confidence of the Anjou constituents six times since. She has served as Labour critic, Chair of the Committee on Institutions, representative of the Québec division and board member of the Réseau des femmes parlementaires de la Francophonie as well as Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities and Minister for Social Services. In August of 2010, she was named Minister of Labour, a position she held until 2012.
Following the 2012 general election, Lise Thérialut is Official Opposition critic for ethics. On September 16 2013, she is also given the file of government services. Between September 2013 and April 2014, she occupied the role of Deputy Opposition House Leader and acts as second vice-chair of the Réseau des femmes parlementaires de la Francophonie since December 6, 2012. Shortly thereafter, on January 28, 2016, Ms. Thériault was appointed Minister responsible for Small and Medium Enterprises, Regulatory Streamlining and Regional Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Status of Women.
Her great social service contributions have been recognized by numerous prestigious awards. In 2001, she wins the award in the socially responsible young Québec businessperson category of the provincial competition held by the Jeune Chambre de Commerce de Montréal. That same year the Réseau des femmes d’affaires du Québec awards her the annual prize in the socially dedicated businesswoman category. The following year she receives the Jubilee award on the occasion marking the 50th anniversary to accession of her Majesty the Queen. To congratulate the government of Québec in its mission against hate and intolerance, Lise Thériault was honored with the Simon Wiesenthal Centre prize on September 22, 2006. On April 8, 2011, to recognize her involvement with Montreal scouting, Lise Thériault was awarded with the “Benefactor badge medal” from the Scouts Association of Canada. She acts as Honorary Scout Commissioner since 2006.