CIBC announces $300,000 donation for The Calgary John Howard Society to mark grand opening of Private Wealth Management branch

 CIBC announces $300,000 donation for The Calgary John Howard Society to mark  grand opening of Private Wealth Management branch in Calgary  Expanded branch brings together private wealth management services at CIBC  Bankers Hall, reflecting wealth creation in Alberta, Canada's fastest-growing  economy  CALGARY, March 18, 2014 /CNW/ - CIBC (CM: TSX) (CM: NYSE) is pleased to  announce a $300,000 donation to The Calgary John Howard Society to mark the  grand opening of its recently expanded Private Wealth Management branch.  The donation will support the construction of the Calgary John Howard  Society's Bedford House, a residence for individuals, including young people  returning to the community from correctional facilities.  "We hope to make a difference with this donation by helping individuals,  especially young Canadians, who are at a significant turning point in their  lives," says The Honorable Jim Prentice, P.C., Q.C., Senior Executive  Vice-President and Vice Chairman, CIBC. "CIBC recognizes the importance of  giving back to our communities in ways that matter, and in particular, in ways  that support Canada's youth to ensure they receive the help and resources they  need to succeed in life."  Bedford House is part of the RESOLVE Campaign to provide affordable housing in  Calgary, a first-in-Canada collaboration of nine homeless-serving agencies.  "CIBC's generous donation brings us closer to breaking ground on Bedford  House, a place where residents will be supported and encouraged to move  forward," says Gord Sand, Executive Director of The Calgary John Howard  Society. "We approach community safety by housing youth and adults at risk of  cycling between crime and homelessness. We feel privileged to be a partner in  the RESOLVE Campaign."  The donation will be unveiled today at an event showcasing the CIBC Private  Wealth Management branch in Calgary.  The branch, located at CIBC Bankers Hall at 855, 2(nd) Street SW, brings  together in one central location the full suite of CIBC services, including  private banking and credit management, investment counseling, financial  planning, and executor and trustee services.  In 2013, CIBC contributed more than $41 million nationally to over 1,870  organizations in 430 communities, with 170 of these organizations based in  Alberta.  About CIBC  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  Media Centre on our corporate website at www.cibc.com.    SOURCE  Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce  Media contact: Caroline Van Hasselt, Director, External Communications  and  Media Relations, at 416-784-6699 or e-mail:caroline.vanhasselt@cibc.ca.  To view this news release in HTML formatting, please use the following URL:  http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/March2014/18/c5782.html  CO: CIBC ST: Alberta NI: FIN CHARITY