In 2002, to honour Walter Surface Technologies' founder and to pursue the family's heritage of commitment to the community, Haisook and Pierre Somers established the Walter J. Somers Foundation. Their goal: contributing to society's prosperity by supporting excellence in the education of our youth and by ensuring the continued improvement of its productivity.
To do so, the Walter J. Somers Foundation focuses on four fields of activity: business, engineering, tourism and hospitality industry. The Foundation's intent is to contribute to the success of promising initiatives and to help develop tools that can be used for solving specific problems. In short, the Foundation wishes to participate in creating value within our society.
To this day, the Walter J. Somers Foundation has donated over three million dollars to organizations such as HEC Montréal (Centre for Productivity and Prosperity Walter J. Somers Foundation), the ITHQ (Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec), the Pointe-à-Callière Museum and La Fondation Madeli-Aide.