CIBC wins the 2002 Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons corporate award
TORONTO, March 1 /CNW/ - CIBC has been awarded the 2002 Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons (CFPDP) Corporate Award for its demonstrated commitment to people with disabilities, and its progressive policies regarding accessibility, equity and diversity. Each year, CFPDP recognizes the contributions of individual Canadians and Canadian corporations who actively enhance the functionality of people with physical disabilities.
CIBC is one of two corporate award winners recognized for its innovative approach to providing the tools and programs necessary for disabled individuals to reach their full potential in the work place. Most notably is CIBC's Job Accommodation Program, which assesses and modifies workstations of employees with disabilities. Furthermore, CIBC employs an Intake and Outreach consultant who works on recruitment of new employees with disabilities; offers scholarships for post-secondary students with disabilities; and in 2001, funded over 80 donation requests totalling more than $500,000, in support of groups representing people with disabilities.

"CIBC is committed to promoting an equitable and diverse workplace," said Wayne Fox, CIBC vice-chairman and chief risk officer, who accepted the award on behalf of the bank. "Through our Job Accommodation Program, employment outreach and corporate donations, CIBC is striving to make a difference. We are grateful for this recognition and are honoured to receive this award."

CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with more than eight million personal banking and business customers. CIBC offers a full range of products and services through its comprehensive electronic banking network, branches and offices across Canada, the United States and around the world. CIBC is one of Canada's largest corporate donors, and in 2001, invested more than $40 million in community-based organizations world-wide, including support for hundreds of initiatives that help young Canadians realize their full potential and have brighter futures.

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Angela Sarino, CIBC Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at (416) 861-7655
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