Andrew Clarke , CFP
Clarke Financial Planning and Insurance Services
Andrew Clarke is the owner and operator of Clarke Financial Planning and Insurance Services. A
business that is made up of 3 main components - group insurance, pension plans and pension
investment plans for First Nation governments, corporations and individuals. All three lines of
business have been growing and are not effected by any seasonal or market factors. Investment
assets are now in excess of $50,000,000. In 2005 the business moved from rented premises to its
own building on Regent Avenue West (Winnipeg). The new stand alone location features almost
2000 square feet on the main floor. There is room for up to 12 employees. Currently, the business
has 5 employees. Three of the employees are licensed to provide financial services and products.
The business is in expansion mode and it is hoped that next year another employee will be added.
Over the next 7 - 10 years the business intends to expand right across Canada with 6 service
offic es and a main headquarters in Winnipeg. When the expansion is complete the business will
have approximately 50 employees.
Back in 1995 Andrew was one of the founding members of the Aboriginal Business Leaders and
Entrepreneurs (ABLE). He served ABLE on i s board and as the treasurer until December 2000.
ABLE has now morphed into the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce. In 1996 Andrew was
conferred with his professional designation - Chartered Financial Planner - CFP - which is now
become - Certified Financial Planner. He served on the board of the Canadian Council for
Aboriginal Business (Manitoba) from 1997 to 1999. From 1998 to 1999 he was a board member
with Aboriginal Ganootamaage Justice of Winnipeg. From 2000 to 2007 he was a board member
of the Manitoba Public Insurance Corporation (MPIC). During his years at MPIC he had a hand
in the creation of the aboriginal workplace initiative (now known as the diversity initiative) and
the establishment of an Autopac broker location in the Cree community of Norway House,
Manitoba. He was also the chair of MPIC’s budget and operations committee. In June 2008 he
was appointed by the Province of Manitoba to serve on the board of the Helen Betty Osborne
Memorial Foundation. Andrew also served on the Aboriginal Chamber of Commerce board
earlier this year and was secretary treasurer for the organization.
In 2002 he sat on the Risk Management Committee for the North American Indigenous Games.
Over the past 15 years he has done countless presentations at High Schools , Educational facilities
and trade shows across Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario demonstrating to young aboriginal people
that careers in his field of expertise can be achieved.
In 2004 he won the Business Man of the Year award as presented by the 1st Annual Manitoba
First Nations Business Awards - co-sponsored by the Tribal Council Investment Group (TCIG).
In 2007 he was a finalist for the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business “Excellence
in Aboriginal Business Leadership Award”.
Andrew is married to Linda and has two children Sabrina and David. They live in West St Paul.
Andrew is a member of the Norway House Cree Nation.