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CIBC invests in the development of DYLOTT’s Black Diplomats Academy

DYLOTT is excited to welcome the re-investment of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) into the Black Diplomats Academy.

The Black Diplomats Academy, officially launched in 2021, builds upon the successful pilot program in 2019-2020. This Academy features direct access for young aspiring Black diplomats to gain experiential learning opportunities through learning lab modules facilitated by diplomatic representatives, one to one mentorships and internship opportunities with the field of global affairs and public leadership.

The Academy brings together young leaders across Canada with a truly global perspective with fellows hailing from Jamaica, South Africa, Cameroon, Germany, Kenya and more. “The aim of this Academy is to advance the concept of Black Diplomacy. This enables the amplification of young leaders representing priorities of Black communities globally.” Candies Kotchapaw, DYLOTT Executive Director.

CIBC’s commitment for the 2021-2022 program year allows the Academy to further impact the professional development, socio-economic outlook and employment prospects for the next generation of aspiring Black state leaders.

About Developing Young Leaders of Tomorrow, Today

DYLOTT is a Black youth-focused leadership incubation organization, geared towards changing the career trajectory of Black youth. Our programs are designed to address barriers to social inclusion in employment, education and the broader social context.

We support participants of our programs to develop and maintain positive peer and professional mentoring relationships that will positively impact their career trajectory and socio-economic status through: early literacy, development of leadership skills and professional support. For more information on DYLOTT, visit or contact us at

About CIBC

CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with 11 million personal banking and business clients. CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, our employees. We aim to make a difference in communities through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees. With a strategic focus on Kids, Cures and Community, and employee commitment to causes, including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and United Way, we are investing in the social and economic development of communities across the country. You can find other news releases and information about CIBC in our Press Centre on our corporate website at

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