When CIBC first came on board in 2010 as an employer partner in The Mentoring Partnership, they started out with 35 mentor matches. By December 2014, they had reached the 500 mentoring match milestone. Just two years after that, their participation doubled. Thanks to the mentoring efforts of close to 700 team members, many of whom are repeat mentors, in January 2017, CIBC was recognized by TRIEC for achieving the 1,000 mentoring match milestone and making a difference in the lives of over 1,000 newcomers and their families.
Shemina Khimji, Senior Consultant, Diversity & Inclusion, at CIBC, talks how mentoring benefits the organization’s employees and why mentoring and leadership go hand in hand.
“At CIBC we believe diversity and inclusion enables our bank to better understand the needs of our diverse clients and build a strong, innovative, relationship oriented bank. CIBC’s participation in The Mentoring Partnership furthers our commitment to newcomers to Canada which remain a highly skilled, educated, largely untapped talent pool, and a powerful consumer base for our bank. Mentoring is a great way to understand the newcomer experience which ultimately improves the climate of inclusion in the workplace.
The program is a win/win and both parties benefit.
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