CIBC employee wins Women in Capital Markets' Rising Star Award

Mentorship key to success says honouree 
TORONTO, Oct. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - CIBC (TSX:CM) (NYSE: CM) is proud to announce 
that Viktoriya Gruzytska, Executive Director, Corporate Credit Products has 
been recognized with the Women in Capital Markets' Rising Star Award for 2012. 
"I am honored and excited to receive the Women in Capital Market's Rising Star 
Award and grateful to everyone with whom I have had the privilege of working 
with during the past 12 years at CIBC," says Gruzytska who is in the corporate 
banking group at CIBC. "I have been very fortunate to have benefitted from 
valuable mentoring and to have been inspired by strong female and male role 
models, which has encouraged me to give back to others, especially to women 
who are new to the industry or considering joining." 
The Women in Capital Markets' Rising Star Award honours an individual who at 
an early stage in their career exhibits an entrepreneurial spirit combined 
with outstanding and unique contributions to the capital markets industry. 
"CIBC believes in the importance of promoting the entry, advancement and 
development of women in the workplace," says Richard Nesbitt, Senior Executive 
Vice-President, CIBC. "That's why it's important to recognize employees like 
Viktoriya who have made lasting contributions by providing inspirational 
leadership and mentorship to women." 
Gruzytska says that a big part of her decision to pursue her career path was 
strongly influenced by a friend who was already in the field and without her 
encouragement Gruzytska would not had considered a career in capital markets. 
"It is hard for me to imagine a career outside of capital markets, but had it 
not been for that early advice and mentorship, I am not sure I would be where 
I am today," says Gruzytska. "I was truly fortunate and find it extremely 
rewarding to be able to do the same for others." 
Since joining CIBC, Gruzytska has encouraged young women who are either 
thinking about working in capital markets or who are in the early stages of 
their career to build their own personal "career advisory board". Her own 
advisory board is comprised of a network of people both inside and outside of 
CIBC, who she reaches out to whenever she needs advice on her professional and 
personal goals. 
"Mentoring is mutually beneficial, with both partners learning from the 
relationship. And I have found it pivotal to career advancement," says 
Gruzytska. "Many of my career advisory board members are long-time mentors, 
who I respect highly and value. Time and time again, they have offered unique 
perspectives and have inspired me to pay-it-forward to young women in the 
industry, formally and informally." 
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