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CIBC Marks 15th Year as Lead Corporate Sponsor of the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards

by NationTalk on March 19, 20081028 Views

TORONTO, March 18 – CIBC (CM: TSX;NYSE) is pleased to sponsor the 15th annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards. Each year, the awards recognize outstanding career achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people, in diverse occupations, including one award given to a lifetime achievement recipient and one for an outstanding youth achiever. In addition to recognizing some of the Aboriginal community’s brightest talents, the awards aim to build self esteem and pride and provide valuable role models for Aboriginal youth. The awards will be broadcast on Global Television on Saturday, March 22 at 8:00 p.m. ET and on the APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network) on Saturday, April 5 at 8:00 p.m. ET.

“We are very pleased to have CIBC as our lead sponsor for the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards Gala. Combined with their continued funding of our education program through bursaries and scholarships, CIBC is making a meaningful difference in the Aboriginal community,” said Ms. Roberta Jamieson, NAAF’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

“We are pleased to play a role in recognizing the significant achievements of the award recipients,” said Gerry McCaughey, CIBC’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “These individuals have excelled in their respective fields, ranging from business to the arts, media, the environment, and law and justice. In doing so, they have made an important contribution to Canada’s development, not just in terms of our economy, but in the broader cultural and political realms of our society.”

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The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF) is a nationally registered non-profit organization devoted to excellence and to providing the tools necessary for Aboriginal youth to achieve brighter futures. NAAF encourages and empowers Aboriginal young people by providing important career planning information, by connecting youth with industry and by providing financial support for post-secondary studies in all disciplines. NAAF also celebrates Aboriginal success with the National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, showing all of Canada the accomplishments of Aboriginal peoples and demonstrating to youth that anything is possible for them to achieve.

CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, our employees and our communities. We aim to make a difference in communities through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees. With a strategic focus on youth, education and health, and employee commitment to causes including the CIBC Run for the Cure, the United Way and the CIBC World Markets Children’s Miracle Foundation, we are investing in the social and economic development of communities across the country. In 2007, CIBC group of companies contributed more than $36 million worldwide to charitable organizations and community initiatives. Of this, $27 million was invested in Canada to support national regional and local organizations. To learn more, visit www.cibc.com/pas

For further information: Rob McLeod, Senior Director, External Communications and Media Relations, CIBC, Tel: (416) 980-3714, rob.mcleod@cibc.com or Jamie Monastyrski, Director of Communications and Media, National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Tel: (416) 926-0775 ext. 238, jmonastyrski@naaf.ca

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