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CIBC Miracle Day raises $5.5 million for children's charities across the globe

Employees, charities and celebrities celebrate the real heroes of the day, the kids

TORONTO, Dec. 18, 2017 /CNW/ - CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE:CM) is pleased to announce that this year's 33rd CIBC Miracle Day raised $5.5 million for children's charities across Canada and around the world. CIBC Capital Markets team and CIBC Wood Gundy investment advisors – alongside celebrity guests - rally each year, on the first Wednesday of every December, to donate their trading fees and commissions to make miracles happen for kids-in-need.

Events were held in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, New York, London and Hong Kong, and this year, celebrity guests included Hollywood actor Billy Baldwin, former UFC Champion George St-Pierre, NFL Alumni Eddie George and former Calgary Flame Theo Fleury.

"Each donation has a tremendous impact on improving the lives of children around the world," says Harry Culham, Senior Executive Vice-President and Group Head, Capital Markets, and Chair of the CIBC Children's Foundation. "The outstanding success of CIBC Miracle Day year over year is not only attributed to the dedication and generosity of our clients, employees, celebrities and charities who come out to help, but the kids themselves. They inspire us with their stories of courage, determination and resilience. They are the true heroes."

This year, on the Toronto trading floor, children from partner organizations – the real superheroes - explored their 'super powers' at an interactive activation station. They were joined by home renovation guru, Scott McGillivray, as they explored their 'super powers' and brought them to life by designing their own super hero capes and custom comic book covers!

Watch the little visitors harness and fuel their 'super powers' in this video.

"It's amazing to think about how much CIBC Miracle Day has grown since 1984," said Peter Lee, Managing Director and Head, CIBC Private Wealth Management & CIBC Wood Gundy. "It started with a vision by a single CIBC Wood Gundy leader, who brought together a group of Investment Advisors to pursue his dream of giving every child joy during the holiday season. He believed we could make miracles happen, and here we are, still helping kids who need it most."

CIBC Miracle Day is one of the largest single-day corporate fundraising events in support of children's charities in Canada, and has raised over $246 million since it began in 1984.

Check out the #CIBCMiracleDay conversation on Twitter @CIBC and Facebook (www.facebook.com/CIBC) or follow on Instagram @CIBCNow.

About CIBC Miracle Day
CIBC Miracle Day is the annual flagship fundraising event for the CIBC Children's Foundation. On CIBC Miracle Day, CIBC's Capital Markets employees and CIBC Wood Gundy Investment Advisors donate their fees and commissions to organizations that support kids in our communities. Through the efforts of employees and clients $7 million was raised in 2016, for a total of more than $241 million donated to hundreds of children's charities across the globe since 1984. To learn more, visit www.cibc.com/miracleday.

About CIBC
CIBC is a leading Canadian-based global financial institution with 11 million personal banking, business, public sector and institutional clients. Across Personal and Small Business Banking, Commercial Banking and Wealth Management, and Capital Markets businesses, CIBC offers a full range of advice, solutions and services through its leading digital banking network, and locations across Canada,  in the United States and around the world. With CIBC employees at the heart of raising funds, the bank supports initiatives that improve access to care, education and programs for our communities. In 2016, CIBC contributed more than $65 million to non-profit initiatives across Canada, led by our flagship fundraiser the CIBC Run for the Cure. Ongoing news releases and more information about CIBC can be found at www.cibc.com/ca/media-centre/ or by following on LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com/company/cibc), Twitter @CIBC, Facebook (www.facebook.com/CIBC) and Instagram @CIBCNow.

SOURCE CIBC

For further information: Diana Spremo, CIBC Public Relations, 416-980-7485, or diana.spremo@cibc.com
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