As vice president, corporate communications, Nancy Bramm wears many hats at CIBC. From drafting communications on behalf of our CEO to the Annual Report, she and her team ensure a clear focus and shared vision across CIBC. A leader and innovator, Nancy enjoys the agile mindset needed for getting things done. “There’s never a dull moment in my role,” Nancy says. “One day I could be working on a speech for an upcoming event. Another day I could be researching blockchain technology for an article about CIBC’s latest innovation. The next I could be developing a communication plan or managing a media enquiry. I like that every day can look very different.”
With over 17 years of service at CIBC, Nancy has held various leadership roles at the bank — within Communications and Public Affairs, Retail Distribution and Channel Strategy and Commercial Banking. While she’s responsible for communicating CIBC’s strategic priorities to our 45,000 team members and key stakeholders, she remains a champion and advocate in the diversity and inclusion space.
“Currently I’m executive sponsor of the CIBC Pride Network — one of ten employee-led People Networks that engage and connect over 25,700 team members within CIBC. I was also one of the founding members and chair of the CIBC Women’s Network for many years,” she adds.
“As a woman, a gay woman and a single mom, inclusion is very important to me. It’s important for each and every one of us to know we have a community around us that supports and encourages us, challenges us and helps us bring a unique client lens to everything we do."
Diversity leads to new ideas and new ways of forging relationships with our clients and teams. “People perform best when they’re encouraged to be authentic and aren’t expending calories trying to be anyone but themselves,” says Nancy. “Diversity strengthens us as a bank, full stop. We make better decisions when we’re part of an inclusive team that best reflects our clients and communities.”
In 2015, Nancy was recognized for her strong track record of leadership and professional excellence. She received the Start Proud Leaders to Be Proud of Award in the Professional Leadership category.
In her years at CIBC, Nancy learned many valuable lessons. “Careers aren't linear,” she says. “Don’t just think about your next promotion. Think about roles that challenge you — even scare you — where you can further develop and hone your skill sets,” she continues. “Each role in my past has taught me incredibly valuable lessons I use to this day.”