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CIBC celebrates volunteers who make a difference in their communities

    TORONTO, May 1 /CNW/ - National Volunteer Week, April 27th to May 3,
highlights the impact of Canadians who volunteer across the country. CIBC is
pleased to recognize the thousands of CIBC employees who give generously of
their time and energy to improve the lives of others.
    "At CIBC, we have a long history of encouraging volunteerism among our
employees. Every day, CIBC employees and retirees touch the lives of others
through their volunteer efforts," said Gerry McCaughey, CIBC's President and
CEO. "Whether it's volunteering to support the Canadian Breast Cancer
Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, CIBC World Markets Children's Foundation, or
a grass roots community group, we are proud of employees who make a difference
in their communities."
    CIBC supports its employees' commitment to local activities through the
Employee as Ambassador Program. Through this initiative, CIBC donates up to
$1,000 to charitable and not-for-profit community organizations where
employees volunteer their time and expertise. In 2007, almost 1,000 employees
and retirees participated in this program, resulting in contributions of more
than $650,000. Together with the thousands of employees who volunteer their
time to support the Canadian Breast Cancer CIBC Run for the Cure, United Way
and other initiatives, CIBC employees are actively engaged in communities
across the country.
    In recent months, two CIBC employees received special recognition for
their exemplary volunteer service.
    Annette Phillips, a Vice-President, Human Resources for CIBC World
Markets, was inducted into the New York YWCA's Academy of Women Leaders.
Membership in this group is reserved for top women executives and is granted
in recognition of their achievements in the business world and commitment to
civic causes. Annette serves on the CIBC World Markets Miracle Day Steering
Committee, which has overseen the distribution of more than $125 million to
charities dedicated to helping at-risk children.
    Jacqueline Beaurivage, a Senior Vice-President of Finance, was recognized
by the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario. Jackie was presented with the
"Heart Award", recognizing an individual who has supported someone on the
journey to recovery from a mental illness. After rescuing her son Jonathan
from the brink of suicide, Jackie became an advocate and educator on mood
disorders, championing the anti-stigma cause in the community, the workplace
and the media. Honoured alongside Jackie were Senator Roméo Dallaire (Hero
Award) and Dr. Anthony Levitt (Hope Award).

    CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, our
employees and our communities. We aim to make a difference in communities
through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of
employees. With a strategic focus on youth, education and health, and employee
commitment to causes including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run
for the Cure, United Way and the CIBC World Markets Children's Miracle
Foundation, we are investing in the social and economic development of
communities across the country. In 2007, CIBC group of companies contributed
more than $36 million worldwide to charitable organizations and community
initiatives. Of this, $27 million was invested in Canada to support national
regional and local organizations. To learn more, visit

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