CIBC celebrates employees' contributions in advancing diversity
TORONTO, Sept. 11 /CNW/ - Last night CIBC (CM: TSX; NYSE) announced its annual CIBC Diversity Award winners, recognizing employees' contributions toward building a fair and inclusive workplace that reflects the communities and clients that CIBC serves. At the reception, Gerry McCaughey, CIBC's President and CEO, and CIBC Diversity Champion and Senior Executive Vice-President, Richard Venn, were joined by Dr. Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, in congratulating more than 60 employees on fostering diversity. Fifteen team and individual awards were handed out to employees at the event. The awards recognized wide-ranging activities and achievements, including:- Raising awareness through the organization of employee forums and advocating for access and accommodation for persons with disabilities; - Demonstrating leadership as chair of the CIBC Black Employee Network and raising awareness through high profile events including Black History Month and a commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade; - Learning a new language to help make clients who are newcomers to Canada feel welcome; and - Celebrating gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender culture through the organization of employees' participation in the Halifax, NS Pride parade."CIBC has embraced employment equity and diversity for many years," said Richard Venn. "Each individual and team that was recognized with an award has made a real difference to enhancing our culture of diversity. It's important for us to thank our employees who work hard each day to make clients feel welcome in our branches and who help build a team at CIBC that celebrates our differences." The efforts of CIBC's Diversity Award winners and others at CIBC have helped CIBC be recognized as one of Canada's:- "Top Employers for Workplace Diversity" by Canadian Immigrant Magazine, which acknowledged CIBC's lengthy record on diversity and employment equity and for its inclusive work environment; - "Best Employers for New Canadians for 2008" for leading its peers in creating a workplace that welcomes new Canadians and allows them to make the most of their skills, education and talents. The winners were selected by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers and the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).In addition, CIBC's support for employment equity and diversity extends beyond CIBC and into the community. In the past year CIBC has donated more than $1.4 million to organizations that support women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and other diverse groups. About CIBC CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with nearly 11 million personal and business clients. CIBC offers a full range of products and services through its comprehensive electronic banking network, branches and offices across Canada, in the United States and around the world. For more information about CIBC visit www.cibc.com.
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