Grit, determination of athletes inspire Canadians, challenge societal
TORONTO, Aug. 16, 2015 /CNW/ - CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM), Premier Partner of the Canadian Parapan Am Team,
is thrilled to congratulate Team Canada for finishing second in the overall medal count at the TORONTO 2015
Parapan Am Games, with its best-ever performance.
"CIBC congratulates Team Canada for making us proud and uniting us in
passion and celebration," says Laura Dottori-Attanasio, Chief Risk
Officer and Diversity & Inclusion Champion, CIBC. "We salute you and
all of the athletes from across the Americas who have so inspired us
and challenged societal perceptions about disabilities. The indomitable
spirit and sheer athleticism on display during the Games has truly been
a honour and privilege for all of us to witness and applaud."
As the Lead Partner of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, CIBC had two key goals: To
help bring the Games to life for the athletes, visitors and Canadians;
and, to help up-and-coming athletes achieve their dreams of
representing Canada on the world stage, while inspiring the next
generation of athletic champions.
Recognizing the dedication and sacrifice that it takes to become an
elite-level amateur athletes, CIBC, in partnership with AthletesCAN and
the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, developed the CIBC Team Next program that takes corporate sponsorship in Canada beyond the simple
writing of a cheque.
The 67 athletes in this $2-million three-year program, officially
unveiled in November 2013, have unprecedented access to mentorship from
nine of Canada's top high-performance athletes: Benoit Huot, Bruny
Surin, Josh Cassidy, Mark de Jonge, Kara Lang, Kyle Shewfelt, Mary
Spencer, Simon Whitfield and the Assistant Chef de Mission of the
Canadian Parapan Am Team Stephanie Dixon.
"There is no other sponsorship program in the Canadian sport system
right now that supports the holistic development of an athlete like
CIBC Team Next," says Ashley LaBrie, Interim Executive Director,
AthletesCAN, the association of Canada's national team athletes.
"AthletesCAN believes that leadership drives performance and CIBC is
providing our up-and-coming athletes with the skills they need to
succeed in sport and in life."
Team Canada broke a national record by winning the most medals and gold
medals ever during a Parapan Am Games. Aurelie Rivard, a 19-year-old
swimming phenom from Quebec, captured not only six gold medals in the
Parapan Am pool but also the hearts of Canadians. The 15 CIBC Team Next
athletes, who made up seven per cent of Canadian Parapan Am Team, won a
total of 24 medals, representing 14 per cent of Canada's total medal
count. Jean-Michel Lavallière, 25, of Quebec City took home the most
medals on CIBC Team Next, with five silver Parapan Am medals in the
"Our Canadian athletes delivered performances of a lifetime at these
Parapan Am Games in front of their friends and family," says Ms. Dixon.
"As Assistant Chef de Mission for Team Canada, I am incredibly proud of
Team Canada and thrilled to see CIBC Team Next athletes strongly
contributing to that success."
"Though funding is very important, I believe the accomplishments of the
CIBC Team Next athletes is due in large part to the additional elements
like mentorshp which set this program apart," she says. "I believe in
the importance of mentorship. We provide a support system for the
athletes with advice, guidance and wisdom from our experience, but
we're also learning from them. Their grit, will to excel, to overcome
adversity, will inspire the next generation of world-class athletes."
CIBC thanks Canadians for their support of the Games. The bank's brand
ambassadors delivered surprise and delight moments, including tickets
and cheer gear, to over 38,000 Parapan Am fans and spectators. At
PANAMANIA, presented by CIBC, an estimated 3,500 people this past week
enjoyed the accessible swing on the CIBC Symphony of Swings at Nathan
Phillips Square and over 17,000 people rode the swings during both
Games. The bank also served more than 1,000 Canadian Smoothies to
Parapan Am athletes at the CIBC Banking Café.
CIBC is a leading Canadian-based global financial institution with 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 on
our corporate website at www.cibc.com/ca/media-centre/.
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.
Through our investments we will create a lasting legacy by funding
next-generation athletes, encouraging the volunteer spirit of our
employees, helping finance landmark venues and engaging our diverse
communities while fusing sport with arts and culture. To learn more
SOURCE Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Image with caption: "CIBC Team Next's Jean-Michel Lavallière took home five silver medals at the TORONTO 2015 Parapan Am Games. (CNW Group/Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150816_C9472_PHOTO_EN_44139.jpg
Image with caption: "Canada defeats the U.S. to win gold in wheelchair rugby. Far left: CIBC Team Next's Cody Caldwell. (CNW Group/Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150816_C9472_PHOTO_EN_44140.jpg
For further information:
Caroline Van Hasselt, Director, External Communications, at 416-784-6699 or e-mail: Caroline.VanHasselt@cibc.com