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ANNUAL REPORT 2019–2020  |  39 Corporate Social Responsibility Giving back to our community is important to us. BCI has a significant presence within the Greater Victoria and Vancouver communities. We believe in the importance of supporting our employees in making a positive impact – one that aligns with the values of our corporation. We encourage our employees to contribute by offering up to one day of paid time off each calendar year to support a non-profit organization of their choice. With the onset of the global pandemic, BCI employees were no longer able to contribute their time. In lieu, BCI contributed $75,000 to the Rapid Relief Fund created by the Victoria Foundation along with the Times Colonist and the Jawl family in response to the impacts of COVID-19 throughout Greater Victoria. BCI's employees also individually contributed, and in recognition of their generosity, the executive management team donated an additional $50,000 of their own funds. Over many years, we have built a strong relationship with the United Way of Greater Victoria. In 2019, BCI employees raised over $42,000 for the organization. BCI's United Way Campaign committee organized numerous workplace events to raise awareness and money. Funds raised go towards addressing long-term issues and sustaining a vital network of services for individuals, families, seniors, children, and youth. Over the years, BCI employees have raised more than $1.0 million, earning a "Thanks a Million" award in 2019. Other community outreach activities include: • Partners for Life: A national program, run by Canadian Blood Services, that allows corporate organizations to donate blood as a team. BCI encourages staff participation and coordinates transportation to and from the donation site a number of times throughout the year during working hours. • Junior Achievement of British Columbia: As a corporate sponsor, members of our public markets team share their professional experiences and knowledge of financial literacy with youth. • Charity Golf Tournament: Each year, BCI organizes a golf tournament and reception to raise money for a select charity. Recent beneficiaries of the BCI Annual Charity Golf Classic have included The United Way of Greater Victoria, BC Cancer Foundation, and organizations targeting youth suicide prevention. Making a positive impact for our clients and communities alike

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