Our Board of Directors
Founder, Board Chair | MBA, BA Honours
Since its inception in 1993, Kim has been the Managing Director of the Pirie Foundation, a private foundation that focuses on investment in education, a role she continues in tandem with her North Point responsibilities. Prior to that she was Manager of Exploration and Corporate Affairs at Sabre Energy Ltd., and from 1987 to 1991, she worked as a Geologist with Shell Canada. Kim has three sons and has been an active volunteer and advocate for their education in their respective schools.
Kim has an M.B.A. from the Ivey Business School, and an undergraduate degree in Geology from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Board Member |PhD, LLD, DSS
From its inception in 1974 until 2005, Michael directed the research activities of the Fraser Institute and was its Chief Executive Officer. His principle concern has been to promote the examination and use of competitive markets as a method for enhancing human development. Michael has provided policy advice in this pursuit on 6 continents, and as an economist, has also authored numerous books and articles on other popular and technical economic issues.
Michael was a Founder (1984) and long time Director of Collingwood School located in West Vancouver. Collingwood comprises a student body of 1,200 from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 on two campuses, and is one of Canada’s outstanding private schools.
Michael is married and has two children and three grandchildren. His hobbies include windsurfing and tennis and he is a licensed pilot of both airplanes and seaplanes.
Michael received his Ph.D in Econometrics at the University of Western Ontario.
Board Member | LLB, BA Honours
Karen’s volunteer activities include past Chair and Board member of the Calgary Women’s Centre, past Chair and current Board member of Calgary Alpha House Society, executive Board member for a local minor hockey association and a member of the Board of Governors of Brentwood College School for the past 10 years.
Karen, a senior advocacy lawyer with 25 years of litigation experience, brings extensive board experience with private schools and non-profit organizations.
Board Member | B.Sc., MBA
Since 2009, Will has been actively investing in the self storage sector in Canada and the US. From 2003 through 2009, he was a credit investor and portfolio manager with Liberty Harbour, a Goldman Sachs hedge fund, and Amaranth Advisors in both New York and Singapore. Prior to that, Will was an active private equity investor focused on small and mid-market companies in the US and Canada with BMO Nesbitt Burns Equity Partners and Polar Equity Capital. Prior thereto, Mr. Matthews spent seven years in investment banking in debt and equity capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions and restructurings for Goldman Sachs (1999-2002), Nesbitt Burns (1995-1996) and UBS (1989-1992).
Will has an M.B.A. from the University of Western Ontario and undergraduate degree in International Business and Finance from New York University.
Board Member | B.Ed., M.Ed
During his tenure with Alberta Ed., he was a Curriculum Consultant, Policy Consultant and a Senior Education Manager. He has been associated with the field of education for the past 44 years during which he has worked as a teacher (elementary, junior high and senior high), an administrator, a consultant, and a university instructor.
John also has experience as a small business owner, in government departments, and in radio and television. He currently runs a management consulting firm.
He and his wife Martha live in Calgary and have two daughters. His interests lie in politics, extensive travel, sports, photography, and writing.
John has a Bachelor of Education, a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Alberta.
Board Member | CA, CFA, CF, B. Comm
Before he became a private equity investor, Aki was a Vice-President at Deloitte Corporate Finance where he advised private and public companies on financing strategies, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, and strategies for maximization of shareholder value.
Aki is a Chartered Accountant with the Corporate Finance designation, a CFA charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan.
Aki is eager to help North Point grow, sharing his over 15 years of financial experience and as a member of the Board of over twenty portfolio companies.