Craig Rowe

Craig Rowe

Craig Rowe

Founder, Clear Risk Inc. and Founder, Optimized Insurance


Craig Rowe is an entrepreneur, and an experienced board member who is very involved in the tech and startup sectors in NL.

Craig came from a risk management and insurance background and started ClearRisk in 2006 to solve some of the technology challenges he saw in his industry. As CEO Craig has led ClearRisk to a point where it is the leading provider of risk management software in Canada, with significant USA penetration.

In 2014 Craig started a second company, Optimized Insurance, to provide innovative solutions to NL businesses with a tech sector specialty. In addition to these companies, Craig regularly works with tech startups as a mentor and advisor.

Concurrent to his professional career, Craig has been very involved as a director on not-for-profit and charity boards. He was NL Chair of his two professional associations, The Insurance Institute of NL, and the NL Risk and Insurance Management Society, and served on their national and international boards respectively. He has served on numerous other boards including Junior Achievement, and currently Common Ground.

Craig’s charitable work is extensive, most notably he was Chair of the Board of YMCA of Northeast Avalon, chaired the project to build the Ches Penney Family Y, and is currently the Chair of the Board of YMCA Canada.

Craig’s interest in techNL is to use his experience to continue to give back to the tech sector in NL. He feels that the tech sector represents the long-term sustainable industry that will drive the NL economy for the next thousand years.

Current Board of Directors

Dan Brake
Dan Brake Chair
Caron Hawco
Caron Hawco Director
Deirdre Ayre
Deirdre Ayre Director
Ellissa Hull
Ellissa Hull Director
Joe Hickey
Joe Hickey Director
Johanna Brown
Johanna Brown Director
Khalid Hasan
Khalid Hasan Director
Mark Cumby
Mark Cumby Director
Neil Coombs
Neil Coombs Director
Sheri Wicks
Sheri Wicks Director