CIBC is a leading North American financial institution serving clients in Canada and around the world. Through our two distinct business lines, CIBC Retail Markets and CIBC Wholesale Banking, CIBC provides a full range of products and services to almost 11 million individual and small business clients.

Commitment to diversity

CIBC works diligently to ensure our workforce reflects our diverse client base and communities we serve. CIBC is committed to providing an inclusive work environment for all its employees, where different ideas and perspectives are respected.

CIBC views diversity is a fundamental part of their business, and a key contributor to their success. In 2011, CIBC was recipient of Canada’s Best Diversity Employer Award.

CIBC and their Pride Network enthusiastically stand alongside Pride at Work Canada as an organization that is passionate about making a real difference in the professional lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender/Transsexual (LGBT) employees in Canadian workplaces.

Vision for the future

CIBC understands that inclusion is a horizon – not a destination. As demographics and generations evolve; so will the needs of clients, employees, and Canadian communities. CIBC will continually strive to attract and hire from the broadest talent pool so we can effectively reach and serve the broadest market. Diversity and Inclusion enables CIBC to realize our mission to help clients and employees achieve what matters to them. The future of the diversity focus is to move beyond identification and tolerance to respect, acceptance and inclusion – it is knowing and understanding who customers and employees are, not just what they are. Diversity and Inclusion need to be more than words on a corporate banner; it’s the lens that should be consistently applied to the way we approach and conduct business.

Diversity fosters innovation in helping CIBC realize its vision of being a leader in client relationships and supporting employees in achieving what matters to them. If we are to deliver on this brand statement, we need to ensure our workforce is reflective of the diversity that exists within our client base and communities. Our workplace needs to be inclusive - allowing every employee to bring their whole self to work and fully participate in the environment. CIBC is honoured to be recognized as a leader in diversity, is committed to offering equal opportunity, and proud of our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered employees.

Sharon Wingfelder
Vice-President
Human Resources and
Diversity and Resourcing