About Us

Pathfinder is an executive coaching, career management, outplacement and Human Resources consulting firm founded in 1988 as PATHFINDER PERSONNEL SERVICES, INC. by Trudy Canine, a former Human Resources executive with a Major Fortune 500 company. Pathfinder is the recipient of numerous awards for its work including being named Vendor of the Quarter and Vendor of the Year by FMC Corporation (nominated by employee recipients of Pathfinder services). The firm also received a Service Excellence award from the Small Business Administration in Washington D.C

Pathfinder has a broad client list that ranges from individuals to Fortune 500 businesses. Its vision is be a caring, consultative, process driven provider that holds space for client introspection while offering a portfolio of solutions targeted to help people and companies light the path to being their best.

Trudy Canine, Pathfinder?s founder, is a certified career management practitioner, executive coach, group facilitator and outplacement consultant.

Trudy is a recipient of both the Jules Kerlan and Marty Dockman awards from the Minnesota Career Development Association recognizing her lifetime contributions to the field of career development. She was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Association of Women Sales Professionals. Trudy has served on the Boards of the Twin Cities Human Resources Association, the Minnesota Career Development Association and Human Resources Professionals. Trudy was selected as a University of Minnesota Purpose Project Guild Member by Richard Leider in 2006.

She is a frequent speaker on the topics of leadership development, coaching, appreciative inquiry, career management and outplacement and has been an invited guest for WCCO and KTLK radio talk shows. Trudy co-created and co-led a pre-conference workshop on Appreciative Inquiry in Coaching for the second International Appreciative Inquiry (AI) conference in Miami. Recognized nationally as an accomplished executive coach, Trudy was selected as guest co-editor of the May, 2007, issue of the AI Practitioner (published in London, England) featuring, "Appreciative Inquiry and Coaching: Exploration and Learnings". Her work on facilitating strategic planning workshops has also been published in this journal.

Named a wholehearted leader in Dr. Bruce Roselle?s book, Vital Truths for Wholehearted Leadership, Trudy is recognized by clients and colleagues as a respected coach who practices with grace, compassion, and thought-provoking inquiry.


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