CIBC and Fernando Pisani to celebrate the grand opening of new branch with $100,000 installment to Canada Company Scholarship Fund

    Guests to Edmonton's only seven-day full-service branch grand opening can
    win one of two computer prize-packs

    EDMONTON, June 6 /CNW/ - Today Fernando Pisani and CIBC celebrate the
grand opening of the new CIBC Namao Banking Centre located at 161st Avenue and
97th Street in Namao. Local residents can bank and get financial advice seven
days a week at the new 6,900 square-foot, full-service CIBC branch, which
offers services in English, Hindi and Punjabi.
    To mark the grand opening, CIBC will present its second $100,000
installment towards its $1 million, multi-year commitment to the Canada
Company Scholarship Fund. Founded by an association of business leaders who
advocate support for today's military and their families, the Canada Company
Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance towards post-secondary
education for children of military parents killed while on duty in the
Canadian Forces.
    Edmonton professional-league hockey player, Fernando Pisani, will be
on-site to sign autographs for hockey fans who can also enter to win a signed
and framed Grant Fuhr jersey. There will also be a draw to win one of two
computer prize-packs consisting of an HP laptop, cordless mouse and protective
sleeve. There will be a barbecue, fun activities for families and clients can
take advantage of special time-limited offers and giveaways.
    "CIBC is committed to investing in the long-term growth of Edmonton. Our
new Namao branch offers our clients access to full-service banking, any day of
the week," said Wendy Slavin, Senior Vice-President, CIBC Retail Markets,
Western Canada. "We're also thrilled to mark our celebrations today with
another $100,000 instalment to the Canada Company Scholarship Fund to help
them continue the invaluable support they provide to children whose parents
have been lost while serving our country."
    "Canada Company is delighted to accept this second installment to the
Scholarship Fund in recognition of the selfless sacrifice that our brave
military personnel make in the service of their country," said Blake Goldring,
Chairman of Canada Company and Chairman and CEO, AGF Management Limited. "By
significantly boosting the support already available to these children, we
hope that each and every child will receive the benefits of a post-secondary
education and will not be hindered by financial constraints."

    The branch hours of operation are:

      Monday - Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
      Thursday - Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
      Saturday:           9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
      Sunday:             noon - 4 p.m.

    The CIBC Namao Banking Centre is fully accessible, including three
Automated Banking Machines (ABMs) installed at wheelchair accessible height
with headphone jacks for audio access; grab bars for mobility assistance; and
brighter lighting.

    With 1058 branches, including 21 locations in the Edmonton area, CIBC has
one of the largest branch networks in Canada. In addition to CIBC's convenient
hours, including evening, Saturday and Sunday hours at many locations, CIBC
clients also benefit from access to more than 3,700 automated bank machines,
24/7 service over the phone and on Canada's leading online banking site,
    CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with nearly 11
million personal banking and business clients. CIBC offers a full range of
products and services through its comprehensive electronic banking network,
branches and offices across Canada, and has offices in the United States and
around the world. You can find other news releases and information about CIBC
in our Press Centre on our corporate website at

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