Each year, the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) awards the Donna Letterio Leadership Award 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.
This year, the award was presented to Linda Collier of Tri-ad International Freight Forwarding Ltd. Linda founded Tri-ad International Freight Forwarding at the age of 25 in 1988 when very few women were in executive roles. She built the business and, several years later, had offices across Canada and the U.S. She started a customs brokerage division and later a 3PL boasting a 165,000-sq.-foot warehouse in Toronto.
Linda joined Gary Vince (President of CIFFA) at Bladder Cancer Canada’s Annual General Meeting in June to present BCC with a $1000 donation in honour of these exceptional women in business.