Our Board of Directors

Kim Pirie

Founder, Board Chair | MBA, BA Honours


Kim Pirie founded North Point School for Boys in 2014. Initially, her three sons and their male friends were her inspiration – seeing too many bright, capable, energetic boys leaving high school with limited options because the traditional classroom model had failed them. She had much encouragement from family, friends and like-minded parents, which gave her the courage to give it a try.

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 University of Western Ontario, and an undergraduate degree in Geology from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Michael Walker

Board Member |PhD, LLD, DSS


Michael is a Senior Fellow and Honorary Director at The Fraser Institute, and Chairman of the Fraser Institute Foundation. Earlier in Michael’s career, he worked at the Bank of Canada and the Federal Department of Finance, and then subsequently taught Economics at both Western University and Carleton. Michael is the co-founder, with Milton and Rose D. Friedman, and a Director of the Economic Freedom of the World project, which is now a collaboration of institutes in 80 countries and produces the annual Economic Freedom of the World Index. The Index is one of the most widely cited such measures in the current academic literature. He is a Director of a number of other enterprises, including The Mancal Corporation, The Canadian Constitution Foundation and the owner of the Walker Group of Companies. He was a founding Director of Sydney Research (a pioneer Canadian software company), an owner-Director of Mackenzie Fiemann Chemicals Ltd., a Director of Canaccord Financial and the Max Bell Foundation. Michael is past-Chairman of The Pacific Academy for Advanced Studies which hosts the annual meeting in Alamos, Mexico of the “Chicago Boys” who have been instrumental in the economic reform process in Latin America and elsewhere.

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.

Karen Pirie

Board Member | LLB, BA Honours


Since 1989, Karen has been an Associate and Partner in the Litigation Department of a national law firm. She practices primarily in the area of Medical Malpractice defence, acting for doctors and other health care professionals. Karen is a frequent lecturer in advocacy and medical legal issues.

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.

Will Matthews

Board Member | B.Sc., MBA


Will Matthews is a financial professional with 20 years of investing experience in the credit and equity markets and real estate.

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.

John Blevins

Board Member | B.Ed., M.Ed


John is recently retired from Alberta Education after dedicating over 24 years of service.

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.