About Us

AMC NPO Solutions specializes in providing governance training, by-law reviews and strategic planning services to not-for-profit organizations across Canada. Since 1987, AMC has assisted over 450 local, provincial, national and international organizations in the areas of strategic planning and board governance training, meeting facilitation and organizational effectiveness reviews.

Tom (TJ) Abbott

Tom is an authority on Governance and Strategic Planning and is the Managing Director of AMC NPO Solutions. Tom has over 25 years experience as CEO, President and board director of several not-for-profit organizations. He is also a Certified Speaking ProfessionalTM, a designation held by 1.5% of speakers globally.


Trista Mclver


Trista is the Program Advisor for AMC NPO Solutions and advises not-for-profit organizations about our governance workshops and strategic planning sessions. She has over 15 years experience as both staff and volunteer of several not-for-profit organizations. Trista loves Cuban Salsa dancing, spending time on her family powerboat and going to classic car shows with her son.


Brenda Southam

Brenda, CAE

Brenda is an authority on governance with over 20 years experience as CEO, President and board director of several not-for-profit organizations. She is currently the Executive Officer of the Real Estate Institute of BC and Immediate Past President of the Senior Services Society of BC.




Specializing in staff job descriptions, and compensation reviews for NPOs. Bob has a wealth of experience in the not-for-profit sector as a volunteer board director, member, and political candidate.


Tom Abbott Sr

Tom Abbott Sr

Our late founder, Tom Abbott Sr., B.Comm., CGA, CAE started the company in 1987 and was the architect of the Complementary Model of Board Governance. He was awarded the Dalton N. Murphy, CAE Award by the BC Chapter of the Canadian Society of Association Executives. The award was granted to him “in recognition of both outstanding and sustained contributions to the association community”.


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