In September we had the pleasure to meet with Elisabeth Laratta and Meredith Taylor, Senior Managers of Government Relations at CIBC at the CIBC headquarters in Toronto. We met Elisabeth and Meredith on our last day of Orientation which was the perfect way to bridge what we learned in our orientation to the start of our internship. What a journey we have been on since that day!
CIBC was started when the largest merger occurred between The Canadian Bank of Commerce and the Imperial Bank of Canada to form the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) in 1961. CIBC has over 45,000 employees who provide a full range of financial products from personal, to business to commercial banking to wealth management and capital markets, and services to 10 million clients in Canada, the United States and around the world.
During our meeting we got to hear about the career paths that Elisabeth and Meredith took to get to where they are now and the exciting things they do to advocate for CIBC. As this was one of our first introductions to the world of Government Relations, Elisabeth and Meredith gave us a fantastic overview of all the business units involved in the success of CIBC.
On behalf of all the interns at the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme, we wanted to thank Elisabeth and Meredith for taking the time to meet with us. We really appreciate the interest you took in us and our hopes for the future. It was very reassuring to hear about all the possibilities and careers paths that are out there.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at CIBC for their continued support towards the OLIP programme. You have remained a passionate and involved partner for many years and it is thanks to sponsors like you why this programme is able to continue to provide unique opportunities to interns, one of the many reasons why OLIP interns go on to accomplish amazing things. As the 2019-2020 cohort, we hope to take all that we learn and use it to promote positive change in whatever path we follow in the future.