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MEDIA ADVISORY: CIBC celebrates Take Our Kids to Work Day by hosting hundreds of Grade 9 students from the GTA, including 14 students from low-income communities

TORONTO, Nov. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Tomorrow, CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) is hosting approximately 400 Grade 9 students of Toronto-area CIBC employees, in addition to 14 students from the Regent Park and Lawrence Heights Pathways to Education programs as part of Take Our Kids to Work Day (TOKWD).

Pathways to Education helps youth in low-income communities graduate from high school and successfully transition into post-secondary education by providing academic, financial and social support.

CIBC's Take Our Kids to Work Day will include interactive tours, a presentation on CIBC's approach to diversity and inclusion, and job-shadowing. Pathways to Education students will be paired with members of the CIBC Black Employee Network (CBEN), who will help them learn about careers in financial services.

"By including the Pathways to Education students in our annual event, we're encouraging them to start thinking about their career options," said Andrea Nalyzyty, Vice-President, Employee Relations, CIBC. "By placing them with mentors from CBEN, we're able to share with them the opportunities that an inclusive workplace and a good education can provide."

  • During Toronto's Take Our Kids to Work Day, students will spend half their day job-shadowing their parent or guardian, and the other half at the Design Exchange attending educational presentations and participating in interactive tours.
  • Media are invited to the afternoon session which will include students of CIBC employees and Pathways to Education students.
WHEN: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Design Exchange - Trading  Floor, 234 Bay Street, 2nd Floor


About Take Our Kids to Work Day
CIBC employees across Canada are encouraged to bring their Grade 9 students to work with them on November 5, 2014 as part of the Take Our Kids to Work Day program.

This annual program, celebrating its 20th anniversary, introduces Grade 9 students to jobs and professions by allowing them to shadow employees in a variety of businesses for a full or half-day.

TOKWD has enabled more than 1.7 million Grade 9 students learn first-hand about the working world in over 75,000 workplaces across Canada. CIBC has participated in the program since its inception in 1994 as it aligns with our community investment focus on kids, cures and community.

About CIBC
CIBC is a leading Canadian-based global financial institution with nearly 11 million personal banking and business clients. Through our three major business units - Retail and Business Banking, Wealth Management and Wholesale Banking - CIBC offers a full range of products and services through its comprehensive electronic banking network, branches and offices across Canada with offices in the United States and around the world. You can find other news releases and information about CIBC in our Media Centre on our corporate website at

SOURCE Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

For further information:

Caroline Van Hasselt, Director, External Communications, 416-784-6699 or

Design Exchange on-site contacts from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: Diana Spremo (cell: 905-484-9543)