Sonya Branco, CAE's Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women of 2020 in the "C-Suite Executives" category.
The 2020 Canada's Most Powerful Women, Top 100 Award Winners list, was released by Women's Executive Network (WXN) today, recognizing 106 outstanding women across Canada who advocate for workforce diversity and inspire tomorrow's leaders. The C-Suite Executives category award recognizes women who play a significant strategic role within their organization, have a strong record of innovation in their field, demonstrate outstanding performance, lead with a strong vision, commit to diversity in the workplace and contribute to their organizations and society.
"As a key member of CAE's executive team, Sonya brings high-energy and sharp strategic thinking to the fore. She leads with a collaborative approach that enables her to mobilize and engage global teams to achieve common goals. With passion and dedication, she has significantly contributed to CAE's evolution and growth," said Marc Parent, CAE's President and CEO. "Sonya is a shining example to all leaders, and I am proud of her accomplishments both at CAE and in her community. Her appointment to the Top 100 Most Powerful Women of 2020 Awards is richly-deserved."
Branco was appointed Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of CAE in 2016. She oversees the financial operations of CAE in more than 35 countries, as well as the financial reporting, treasury, global taxation, mergers & acquisitions and structured financing functions.
Branco has more than fifteen years' experience as a financial officer. During her career, Branco has been recognized by her peers, most notably with an Aces of Finance Gold Award in 2016. She is a CPA and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Concordia University and an MBA from McGill University. Her dedication also extends to the community where she supports not-for-profit organizations focused on education, women, and children. She is involved in the Marie-Vincent Foundation, dedicating time to support fundraising activities, and is a member of the Board of Governors of Dawson College.