Donna Letterio Leadership Award

This award will be granted annually in memory of CIFFA former 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.

The award is open to any woman in international freight forwarding, transportation or global logistics who demonstrates excellence in the following criteria.

  1. Professionalism: Highlights of the candidate’s career. Emphasis should be placed on her education, training, designations, and perhaps most importantly, business accomplishments to the freight forwarding industry.
  2. Commitment: How has the candidate demonstrated a commitment to the industry, her colleagues, her career, her customers or her family? She should provide examples from volunteer or mentorship activities, board appointments, community building, or ideas that were implemented for success or family life.
  3. Leadership: How has the candidate influenced others? Specific examples should show her as a boss, a role model, as an advocate for the industry or for a cause.

Applicants may be nominated by an employee of any CIFFA member firm or may self-nominate if employed by a CIFFA member. Applicants are not required to be employed by a CIFFA member.

The applications will be open every year from January 1 to March 10th and will be judged by a 5 person panel of directors from the CIFFA national board. The winner will be selected before May 1st of the award year.

The CIFFA national board of directors voted unanimously to present the annual winner an award and to provide a donation of $1,000 in the winner’s name to Bladder Cancer Canada.

For inquiries contact:

Application Form

Past Donna Letterio Leadership Award of the Year Winners

2020: Sylvie Vachon, Montreal Port Authority

2019:  Sally Richardson, Overseas Container Forwarding Inc.

2018:   Lucia Pinheiro, Damco

2017:   Linda Marie Collier, Tri-Ad International Freight Forwarding Ltd.

2016:   Kimberly Gallacher