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CIBC clients and employees raise $370,000 for Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau

50% increase over last year and 35% of Tour's 2010 fundraising goal

MONTREAL, July 9 /CNW/ - CIBC, the title sponsor of the 15th Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau, is proud to present today the sum of $370,000 that was raised by the bank's clients and employees for the Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau. CIBC has long been committed to the fight against cancer and this donation by its clients and employees further demonstrates that commitment.

"In the last five years, CIBC has contributed nearly $1.4 million through fundraising and its title sponsorship, which places the bank among the largest donors in Quebec for the Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau," said Sylvain Vinet, CIBC's Senior Vice-President of Retail Markets for Eastern Canada.

"We are proud to sponsor and participate in Tour CIBC Charles-Bruneau. Through our support for the Tour, we are making a difference in the lives of children with cancer," Vinet said. "We firmly believe that together, we can give hope to these children and to their families."

"CIBC employees and clients once again showed tremendous generosity in supporting the cause of children with cancer," said Pierre Bruneau, spokesman for the Fondation Centre de cancérologie Charles-Bruneau. "I can only admire the dedication of the cyclists and our Tour partners, who invest so much energy to make a difference in the lives of more than 2,000 Quebec families. This great success will allow us to continue supporting research as well as give all of these children a better chance of recovery."

This year, CIBC Wood Gundy investment advisors and Tour veterans Werner Imboden, Pierre Delisle and Alain Loiseau were joined by Jean Morin, Executive Director of CIBC Wood Gundy for Quebec, in the peloton of 26 cyclists who pedaled 600 km from Rivière-du-Loup to Montreal.

The CIBC cyclists took their inspiration from a six-year-old girl, Maya Lelièvre, who today is in remission from acute myeloid leukemia.

In the last five years, CIBC has committed nearly $19 million to hospitals and research centres across Canada, including more than $9 million towards cancer treatment and research.

CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, 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, the CIBC Children's Foundation and United Way, we are investing in the social and economic development of communities across the country. In 2009, $26.8 million was contributed through the CIBC group of companies to charitable and non-profit initiatives in Canada, supporting a wide variety of national, regional and local organizations. To learn more, visit

For further information: Media contact: Doug Maybee, CIBC, 416-980-7458,