Mentor Pradeep Mathur and para-kayaker Suleiman Muse reflect CIBC's
TORONTO, Feb. 29, 2016 /CNW/ - For the sixth year in a row, CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) has been named one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for seeking out and embracing diversity in the workplace. This allows
CIBC to attract and retain talent, like Pradeep Mathur and Suleiman
Muse, and keep it an industry leader in innovation.
Pradeep, an émigré from India, joined CIBC in its risk management group
seven years ago. He is one of the bank's more than 440 team members who
mentor skilled immigrants transitioning to their new life in Canada.
Last year, he received CIBC's Diversity & Inclusion Employee Award for
his exceptional contributions promoting diversity and inclusion in and
out of the workplace.
Suleiman, a corporate services helpdesk analyst originally from Somalia,
has been with the bank for the past decade. He is also an elite
para-kayaker, who represents Canada in competitions all over the world.
Suleiman is a member of CIBC's "WorkAbility Network" for employees with
disabilities. He was one of more than 60 network members who served as
brand ambassadors during the bank's sponsorship of last year's TORONTO
2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games, working to change perceptions of
disability in society.
The Workability Network is one of nine employee affinity groups,
including the International Professionals Network (IPN) for employees
who are new to Canada, that help foster a welcoming and respectful
workplace environment where individual talents and differences are
valued. The IPN is another first in the Canadian banking industry.
"It really comes down to the actions of each individual that helps shape
our culture," says Laura Dottori-Attanasio, CIBC's Chief Risk Officer
and Diversity & Inclusion Executive Champion. "At CIBC, we not only
embrace and celebrate diversity, we look to break unconscious biases
both in our workplace and in our communities. In our view, building a
talented team enables us to provide our clients with the best ideas
and innovation that makes banking easy, personalized and flexible."
Canada's Best Diversity Employers is an annual competition by Mediacorp Inc. to find the nation's leading
companies who promote workplace inclusiveness and diversity. In
recognizing CIBC with this award, the editors of Mediacorp lauded the
bank for the following initiatives:
Recognizing individuals and teams that promote diversity both internally
and externally through the Diversity Champion Award and the Team Impact
Supporting "WorkAbility," an employee network for persons with
Partnering with national Aboriginal employment organizations to develop
"Pathways to Opportunity," a program to assist Aboriginal peoples with
their career search.
The bank has also been recognized as:
One of Canada's Top Employers for Young People, Greater Toronto's Top
Employers and Canada's Top 100 Employers by Mediacorp;
One of Canada's Best 50 Corporate Citizens by Corporate Knights;
One of the Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations by Maclean's
magazine and Sustainalytics;
One of the Best Workplaces in Canada by the Great Place to Work
One of the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces™ in Canada by Achievers.
To learn more about diversity at CIBC, please visit https://www.cibc.com/ca/inside-cibc/careers/equity-and-diversity/diversity-statement.html
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
Capital Markets - 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.
SOURCE Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
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