Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) recently announced its new Donna Letterio Leadership Award. This new award will be granted annually in memory of past 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.

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.

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, ideas that were actioned 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.

“Donna was a friend, colleague and mentor to so many in our industry; myself especially. Donna has left an indelible mark on so many, and created a legacy that will endure with many of us forever. I endorse and applaud the Donna Letterio Leadership Award. I believe Donna would be proud that we honour her with this prestigious recognition and honour those that follow in her footsteps” said Jeff Cullen, CEO of Rodair International and CIFFA’s President.

“For many of us who had the pleasure of working with Donna, this award will honour her legacy as a true and passionate freight forwarder” said Gary Vince, CIFFA Vice-President.

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 member of CIFFA. Applications will be open every year from January 1 to April 15th and will be judged by a 5 person panel of Directors from CIFFA’s national Board. The winner will be selected before May 1st of the award year. Full details and the application form are posted on CIFFA website,