CIBC Mellon's 2014 United Way effort earns "Best Campaign Team" Spirit Award from United Way Toronto

Employee volunteerism and engagement help CIBC Mellon earn top honours in financial services category

TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2015 /CNW/ - CIBC Mellon, its employees and its 2014 United Way campaign earned top honours in the Financial Services category for the 2014 United Way campaign, as the company was awarded the 2014 United Way Toronto Spirit Award for "best campaign team" among more than 100 companies participating in the Financial Services segment.  The 2014 Spirit Awards were presented in late January at the annual campaign gala, at which United Way Toronto announced a record-breaking campaign total of $117.6 million raised to help Torontonians move from poverty to possibility.

"We are so proud to work with community-minded partners like CIBC Mellon," said Susan McIsaac, President and CEO, United Way Toronto.  "Each year the CIBC Mellon team brings their energy, enthusiasm and leadership to the campaign, championing new and innovative ways to get employees involved and engaged.  I'd like to congratulate CIBC Mellon for earning United Way's 2014 Spirit Award for 'Best Campaign Team' in the financial services category."

"We believe in engaging employees in making a positive difference in the communities where we live and work," said Maple Tam, Vice President, Relationship and Talent Management, Human Resources at CIBC Mellon and co-chair of the company's 2014 United Way campaign.  "Our employees came together and rallied throughout the entire campaign.  This award is truly an indication of how strongly our employees believe in supporting United Way."

"We owe a large amount of our success in 2014 to our United Way campaign team, and I'm happy that their efforts have been recognized with a Spirit Award," said Alistair Almeida, Vice President, Relationship Management at CIBC Mellon and co-chair of the company's 2014 United Way campaign.  "This is a tremendous honour for a team whose hard work and relentless energy inspired the whole company to jump on board."

The United Way Spirit Awards are held each January to acknowledge excellence in community giving among dedicated volunteers, donors and corporate supporters.  United Way sets their award criteria aggressively, honouring those who put forth considerable effort in the areas of creativity, innovation and overall commitment to building a better city for everyone.  A volunteer selection committee assembles to determine the winners for each category.

CIBC Mellon's campaign highlights include

  • Raising more than $341,000 through employee pledges, corporate matching programs and an array of office fundraising activities
  • Increasing employee online donation tool participation by nearly 55 per cent
  • A year-long employee volunteerism effort that increased participation to 66 per cent from 33 per cent. CIBC Mellon donates $100 per participant to host charities when employees volunteer as a team, and for 2014, the company introduced a new $100 donation directly to United Way when employees volunteered in support of a United Way partner agency or program
  • New incentive programs for company departments that encouraged senior leaders and our executive team to become highly involved in driving employee participation

Watch the United Way 2014 campaign video here.

To learn more about CIBC Mellon's employee experience, visit the company's Careers page.

About CIBC Mellon
CIBC Mellon provides asset servicing solutions, including custody, multicurrency accounting, fund administration, recordkeeping, pension services and securities lending services, for institutions and corporations. As at December 31, 2014, CIBC Mellon held more than CAD$1.4 trillion of assets under administration on behalf of Canadian banks, pension funds, investment funds, corporations, governments, insurance companies, foreign insurance trusts, foundations and global financial institutions whose clients invest in Canada. CIBC Mellon is headquartered in Toronto, with offices across Canada in Vancouver, Calgary, London, Montreal and Halifax. Founded in 1996, CIBC Mellon is 50-50 jointly owned by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) and The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BNY Mellon), the world's largest custodian. CIBC Mellon is part of the BNY Mellon network, which as at December 31, 2014 had USD$28.3 trillion in assets under custody and administration and USD$1.7 trillion in assets under management. CIBC Mellon is the corporate brand of CIBC Mellon Trust Company and CIBC Mellon Global Securities Services Company and may be used as a generic term to reference either company or both companies collectively.

For more information – including CIBC Mellon's latest knowledge leadership on issues relevant to institutional investors active in Canada – visit www.cibcmellon.com or follow us on Twitter @CIBCMellon.

About United Way Toronto
United Way Toronto is a charity dedicated to creating opportunities for a better life for everyone.  Working in partnership with others, we mobilize people and resources to support a network of agencies that help people when they need it most.  United way also addresses the root cause of social problems, working to change community conditions for the better over the long term.

For more information please visit: http://www.unitedwaytoronto.com/

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Image with caption: "Maple Tam and Alistair Almeida, co-chairs of CIBC Mellon's 2014 United Way Campaign, dedicated their "best campaign team" United Way Toronto Spirit Award to the employees across the company who helped set a new high water mark for volunteerism and campaign participation at CIBC Mellon. (CNW Group/CIBC Mellon)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150226_C7441_PHOTO_EN_12614.jpg

For further information: Media Contacts: Brent Merriman, corporate communications, CIBC Mellon, brent_merriman@cibcmellon.com, +1 416-643-5065; Michelle Yao, United Way Toronto, myao@uwgt.org, +1 416-557-8508

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