CIBC, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Brian Burke join together to end
TORONTO, June 26, 2014 /CNW/ - CIBC (TSX:CM) (NYSE: CM) is proud to announce its sponsorship of the
PrideHouseTO Pavilion at The 519 Church Street Community Centre for
WorldPride 2014 and the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.
The PrideHouseTO Pavilion is part of a comprehensive province-wide
initiative, leading up to and during the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am
Games, to set a new standard for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer (LGBTQ)
inclusion in major multi-sport games and promote LGBTQ human rights to
participants from all Pan American countries.
"CIBC is honoured to support the PrideHouseTO Pavilion," says Richard
Nesbitt, Chief Operating Officer, CIBC. "Embracing and celebrating
diversity and inclusion is not just something we talk about at CIBC -
it is a fundamental part of our business. With visitors from all over
the globe here for WorldPride festivities, and many thousands more
expected to attend next year's Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, there is no
better time to promote diversity and encourage inclusiveness in sport
and our communities."
CIBC, the Lead Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, was
the first bank in Canada to establish an internal employee network for
their LGBTQ employees. For four years running, CIBC has also been
recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers.
"I congratulate CIBC for taking a leadership role in celebrating
diversity and inclusiveness not only in the workplace but also in
sports, as we prepare to host 40 participating countries of the
Americas and Caribbean at the TORONTO 2015 Games," says Ontario Premier
Kathleen Wynne. "The Ontario government is proud to be part of
PrideHouseTO to engage LGBTQ people in sport, para-sport and
recreation. Too often, homophobia and transphobia prevent members of
our LGBTQ community from living active, healthy lives in our
communities, province and across the Pan-American region."
"CIBC's strong support of the LGBTQ community and the PrideHouseTO
Pavilion means a lot to me and my family," says Brian Burke, President
of Hockey Operations for the National Hockey League's Calgary Flames.
"It's so important for private-sector companies, like CIBC, to take the
lead and help eradicate homophobia in sports, especially in amateur
sports, where bullying and bigotry still exist. All that should matter
is talent, work ethic and character."
CIBC invites the public to join in WorldPride festivities at the PrideHouseTO Pavilion at 519 Church Street this weekend, where the bank is proud to present
an exhibit highlighting the history of LGBTQ inclusion in sport,
live-streaming of CBC's coverage of the Round 16 matches from FIFA
World Cup™ on Saturday and Sunday and other fun activities.
Recognizing that sport has the power to unite us all, CIBC hopes to
build lasting legacies that promote inclusiveness, while inspiring
Canada's youth to stay fit and healthy through organized sports and by
providing Canada's aspiring athletic stars with funding and mentorship
through its one-of-a-kind CIBC Team Next program.
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 www.cibc.com.
About CIBC's Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Sponsorship
As the Lead Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, CIBC is
committed to enriching Canadian communities through the power of sport.
We support causes that matter to our clients, our employees and our
communities and aim to make a difference in communities through
corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of
employees. To learn more visit www.cibc.com/ca/features/panamgames.html.
SOURCE: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
For further information:
Caroline Van Hasselt, Director, External Communications, 416-784-6699 or firstname.lastname@example.org