CIFFA announces Winner of Donna Letterio Award

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TORONTO, May 7, 2020.—CIFFA, the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association, is pleased to announce the winner of the 2020 Donna Letterio Leadership Award, Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority.  

CIFFA introduced the annual Donna Letterio Leadership Award in December 2015. The award is granted annually in memory of former CIFFA President Donna Letterio, who passed away in August 2013. The award recognizes a woman in the global freight logistics sector who has demonstrated, as Donna did, professionalism, commitment, leadership and a passion for excellence in her career and in her life.

In addition to the award, CIFFA will prepare a cheque in Sylvie’s name for $1,000 which will be presented to Bladder Cancer Canada. 

Ms. Vachon joined the Montreal Port Authority in 1990, starting in the Human Resources department. Through her escalating roles in this department, Sylvie was a member of the Management Committee and managed the activities of the Real Estate, Finance, Human Resources, Procurement, Information Technologies and Continuous Improvement departments.

In 2009, Sylvie was promoted to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, a role she currently holds to this day. In this capacity, she is responsible for the direction and management of all sectors of activity, including: Strategy, Operations, Infrastructure, Growth and Development, Corporate Affairs, Finance, Administration, Human Resources and Public Affairs.  

Ms. Vachon strongly believes in aligning business objectives with social concerns. She is committed to promoting and reaffirming the port’s economic and international importance and at the same time extremely sensitive to its social responsibility. She is current Chair of Cargo M, a Logistics and Transportation Cluster of Metropolitan Montreal, is on the Board of Directors of numerous trade associations and also is a governing member of the Quebec Business Council and the Quebec Business Council on the Environment.

On a personal level, she is also involved in championing numerous causes and fundraising activities.