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Team CIBC encourages Canadians to Think Pink and sign up for the CBCF CIBC Run for the Cure


    TORONTO, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - CIBC (CM: TSX; NYSE) - CIBC employees across
Canada are proudly wearing pink today to show their passion for creating a
future without breast cancer. Today's celebration in Commerce Court is part of
a nation-wide "Think Pink" week from September 10 to 14 to raise awareness of
breast cancer and encourage people to register for the Canadian Breast Cancer
Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure on September 30.
    The focus today was on leading a healthy and active lifestyle as a
preventative step towards reducing the risk of developing breast cancer, a
disease that affects not only those diagnosed with it, but friends, family and
the community at large.
    An inspiring speech was given by Silvana Henneman, a 12-year breast
cancer survivor and Assistant Branch Manager of the Stone Road Branch in
Guelph. Attendees also enjoyed healthy gourmet food, as well as prizes and
giveaways from several sponsors. Guests were encouraged to sign up for the
Run, Canada's largest single-day fundraiser for breast cancer. Lending their
support to the Toronto event were Gerry McCaughey, CIBC President and Chief
Executive Officer, and Sonia Baxendale, CIBC Senior Executive Vice President
of Retail Markets, as well as the volunteer CIBC run champions.
    "CIBC is committed to supporting breast cancer research, education and
awareness," says Sonia Baxendale, "I am very proud of the thousands of CIBC
employees who join in the ranks of their fellow Canadians in more than 50
communities from coast-to-coast, as they participate in one of the most
successful fundraising events of the year."
    Other national sponsors at the Toronto event included Ford of Canada,
Running Room Canada Inc., McCain Foods (Canada) Ltd., and New Balance.

    About Think Pink Week

    "Think Pink" week is a promotional week held each year in mid-September
to raise awareness for the CIBC Run for the Cure. CIBC employees celebrate the
bank's volunteer spirit with a week of fundraising events and activities
encouraging Canadians to participate in the CIBC Run for the Cure or to make a

    About the CIBC Run for the Cure

    Our largest employee fundraising activity, this is the country's premier
fundraising event dedicated to the fight against breast cancer. In 2006, more
than 170,000 participants raised over $26 million for the cause.
    The CIBC Run for the Cure is an extraordinary single-day experience that
unites more than 170,000 Canadians in 53 communities across the country.
Together, we are raising millions of dollars to fund innovative and relevant
breast cancer research, education, and awareness programs in the communities
where you live.

    About CIBC

    CIBC is a leading North American financial institution. Through its two
distinct business lines, CIBC Retail Markets and CIBC World Markets, CIBC
provides a full range of products and services to more than 11 million
individual and small business clients.

    About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

    The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is the leading national volunteer-
based organization dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer. The
Foundation works collaboratively to fund, support, and advocate for: relevant
and innovative breast cancer research; meaningful education and awareness
programs; early diagnosis and effective treatment; and a positive quality of
life for those living with breast cancer. For more information, visit

For further information:
For further information: Doug Maybee, Director, CIBC External
Communications & Media Relations, (416) 980-7458,;
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