Courtney Clarke

2023 Leadership Summit panel discussion moderator

Courtney Clarke (she/her) spends her professional life helping financial institutions prevent fraud, money laundering, elder abuse, drug and human trafficking at Verafin. A survivor of gender-based violence, Courtney established the Jane Doe Graduate Award in Anti-Violence Research at Memorial University in 2021. 

Previously Chairing Violence Prevention Avalon East (VPAE), the organization created Unsafe at Home; a domestic abuse support platform supporting 100+ crisis calls from individuals isolated with abusers during the first two waves of COVID-19. VPAE then worked with Spirit Horse NL to provide free equestrian-based counselling to 500+ survivors, called Stable & Safe. 

Chairing Equal Voice NL, Courtney helps women and gender diverse individuals get elected to all levels of government. Through this role, she also sits on the NL Premier’s Roundtable for Gender Equity. In January 2022, she helped Equal Voice co-author a study on sexual harassment in Canada’s legislative Provincial & Federal Assemblies for the Justice of Canada, which led to changes in anti-harassment legislation across several provinces and territories.  

Recently re-elected for a second term as a Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Credit Union, Courtney represents the financial interests of 20,000+ members across the province. 

In 2015, Courtney was named one of HSBC’s Top 50 Women Leaders of Tomorrow and was recipient of the Gwyn Morgan National Award for Principled Leadership. In 2020, Courtney was the recipient of the Memorial University Alumni Tribute Award for Outstanding Community Service. In September 2022, Courtney was a Delegate in the United Nations UNITE 2030 program in New York and in October 2022, Courtney was profiled as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the North American Women’s Executive Network for Community Impact. 

In January 2023, Courtney was appointed to the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.