About Pathfinder

Our unmatched experience has earned a solid reputation and an extensive roster of associations under our management – some of which have been with us since our founding in the mid-sixties.

Pathfinder Group is Atlantic Canada’s longest running association management firm. Pathfinder was established in 1966 as A.B. Thompson Associates Limited, and has since built an enviable reputation and a growing clientele of associations and organizations in many sectors. We still work with some of our original clients, which speaks volumes to our effectiveness and to the value we provide to our associations under management.

We’ve learned much in so many years , and we always keep an eye on the horizon – a strategy which has enabled us to keep pace with the evolving needs of today’s associations.

Our Team

Managing your association with professionalism and efficiency is our goal.
We have the team you need, with the experience your association deserves.

John Sutherland

President

John has nearly forty years of experience in business, university administration, fundraising, and association management. A graduate of Dalhousie University, John has been with the Pathfinder Group for thirty three years. He currently acts as Executive Director for a number of industry and professional associations, including serving in this role for the Nova Scotia Association of Automobile Dealers for the past twenty nine years, advising the Association on leadership, management and regulatory matters, strategic direction, budgeting, and government relations.

Greg MacDonald

Associate Executive Director

Greg joined the Pathfinder team in 2021 and is looking forward to bringing his experience in finance and business development to association management. During thirteen years in commercial banking, he provided financial leadership to hundreds of companies and organizations. Working with a wide range of industries, Greg understands the complexity and detail required for the management and administration of an association.

Sandra Williams

Associate Executive Director

Sandra is responsible for the day-to-day management of clients’ affairs, providing operational expertise and management support, conference and event planning, and administration. Sandra is a results-oriented team player with over twenty years of experience in organizational management, ensuring the coordinated execution by our staff in the fulfillment of our clients’ mandates.

Jay Pasemko

Associate Executive Director

Jay has over 20 years of business experience in financial management, team leadership, business planning and administration. A Chartered Financial Analyst as well as a graduate of both Concordia University and the Ivey School of Business, Jay has extensive experience managing programs. He has assumed leadership roles in industries as diverse as financial services, agriculture and aviation and is an accomplished negotiator.

Catherine Chapman

Client Service Manager

Catherine joined the Pathfinder team in 2019, bringing with her nearly ten years in client administration gained from her experience with an entrepreneurial accounting business, and an office-for-hire firm where she was Head of Operations. Detail oriented, Catherine provides operational support, and conference and event planning for a diverse set of our clients.

Jeff Barton

Senior Accountant

Jeff is our lead accountant at Pathfinder Group, and proudly serves our most senior clients. He fully understands the financial and operational issues and the reporting obligations faced by industry associations, including those with external partner reporting requirements. Jeff also leads our audit preparation team, and has comprehensive knowledge of the audit process for industry associations with multiple reporting constituencies.

Alex MacDonald

Associate

Alex has over 35 years of experience in team leadership, operations management and customer service in both industry and in government. This background experience has been in retail banking, insurance and the cellular phone industry sectors, and he has served as a board member of several not-for-profits for decades. Alex brings to our firm considerable depth in board governance issues.

Daniel Matheson

IT Support Associate

Daniel maintains and supports Pathfinder for all IT-related issues. He wears many hats in the organization, including website maintenance and content deployment, database management, network administration, and troubleshooting of application and hardware issues. An A+ certified technician, Daniel provides reliable support to our team and our many clients.

Keitha Hatheway

Client Service Associate

As Pathfinder Group’s longest serving employee, Keitha provides exceptional customer care and service to our clients. With her strong attention to detail and sound administration skills, our clients operational needs are well supported and they appreciate her professionalism, reliability and steadfast approachability.

“My experience with the services Pathfinder Group provides, and the capabilities of their team enables me to recommend them to any association seeking effective management solution.”

— Michael Velemirovich, Pres. NSADA

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