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Media Invitation - Hayley Wickenheiser to help raise millions for kids-in-need at 31st annual CIBC Miracle Day

Kids from the Calgary Public Library Foundation's It's a Crime Not to Read Program will join CIBC for a special event as part of the day's celebrations

CALGARY, Dec. 2, 2015 /CNW/ - CIBC (CM: TSX) (CM: NYSE) invites media to join Women's World Hockey Champion Hayley Wickenheiser as she lends a hand on the trading floor to help raise millions for kids-in-need at the 31st annual CIBC Miracle Day. Last year CIBC Miracle Day raised more than $5.5 million, in support of more than 550 children's charities across Canada. All money raised in Calgary stays in the community benefitting local organizations like the Calgary Sinawik Youth Foundation & the Boys & Girls Clubs of Canada.

To mark this year's celebration a special cheque presentation - representing a $1 million commitment - will be made to the Children's Aid Foundation. In addition, kids from It's a Crime Not to Read, an award-winning uniquely "Made in Calgary" initiative that connects students in Grades 2 - 4 with members of the Calgary Police Service by way of reading, will be treated to a separate, special event.

WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. EST 
WHO:       CIBC trading floor
•     Hayley Wickenheiser, Women's World Hockey Champion
•     Children's Aid Foundation, Linton Carter, Chief Development Officer
•     CUPS representatives

It's a Crime Not to Read event

•     Bill Ptacek, CEO Calgary Public Library
•     Roger Chaffin, Chief Calgary Police Service
•     Students and Teacher of Catherine Nicols Gunn School
WHERE: 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. CIBC trading floor activities: Bankers Hall 315 8 Ave SW
12 - 1 p.m.                It's a Crime Not to Read event: 607-8th Ave. S.W. Suite 600
WHAT:  Special guests and not-for-profit organizations join CIBC to celebrate the 31st annual CIBC Miracle Day.


The late Tim Miller and the investment advisors at the 42nd Street branch - named after the famous 42nd Street in New York and located on the 42nd floor of the Head Office - decided to donate their commissions for one day of business to children's charities. For people who count on commissions for their livelihood, giving them up - even if only for one day - was a sacrifice. However, the branch's Investment Advisors were fully supportive of the initiative.

The branch called it Miracle on 42nd Street and raised $163,935 in that first year.  While CIBC Miracle Day has grown expeditiously, the original objective has stayed the same: Investing in the lives of children to help prepare them for the future and to make sure that tomorrow's citizens are backed by a strong portfolio of skills and support. 

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About CIBC

CIBC is a leading Canadian-based global financial institution with 11 million personal banking and business clients. CIBC and our employees are committed to the social and economic development of our communities, with a focus on Kids, Cures and Community. In 2014, CIBC supported over 420 communities across Canada, contributing more than $42 million to 1,780 charitable and non-profit initiatives, including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, the CIBC Children's Foundation and United Way. You can find other news releases and information about CIBC on our corporate website at

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 $5.5 million was raised in 2014, for a total of nearly $80 million donated to hundreds of children's charities across Canada since 1984. To learn more, visit



SOURCE Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

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For further information or to RSVP:
Olga Petrycki, at 416-360-9760 or or Caroline Van Hasselt, Director, External Communications and Media Relations, at 416-784-6699,, or cell 647-467-5122.