Our Board of Directors
Kim Pirie, MBA, BA Honours
Founder & Board Chair
Since its inception in 1993, Kim has been the Managing Director of the Pirie Foundation, a private foundation that focuses on investment in education. 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.
Michael Walker, PhD, LLD, DSS
Michael is a Senior Fellow and Honorary Director at The Fraser Institute, and Chairman of the Fraser Institute Foundation. 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.
Karen Pirie, 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.
Will Matthews, 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.
John Blevins, B.Ed, M.Ed
John is recently retired from Alberta Education after dedicating over 24 years of service. During his tenure there, 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.