Board of Directors

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 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. After much encouragement from family and friends, she teamed up with Brent Devost and together they set out to create a school model that caters to the way boys learn and behave.

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.

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.

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.

Aki Georgacacos

Board Member | CA, CFA, CF, B. Comm

Aki is a co-founder and Managing Director of Avrio Capital. Prior to co-founding Avrio Capital, Aki was a managing Director of FCC Ventures where he led the majority of the fund’s investments with a focus on various segments of industrial life science, food and agricultural technology sectors. With over 15 years of experience and as a member of the Board of over twenty portfolio companies, he has played an active role in all facets of strategic planning, corporate development, and overall shareholder value optimization.

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.