Kim has an M.B.A. from the Ivey Business School, and an undergraduate degree in Geology from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
MBA, BA Honours
Founder & Board Member
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.
Founder & Board Chair
John has a Bachelor of Education, a Graduate Diploma in Education and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Alberta.
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.
PhD, LLD, DSS
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 Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation, The Canadian Constitution Foundation and Port4Homes Ltd. 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. Michael received his Ph.D in Econometrics at the University of Western Ontario.
Michael and his partner Ellis Ripley Trafford have between them separately four children and four grandchildren. Michael is an avid singles tennis player and the pilot and owner of an amphibious airplane.
Aki is eager to help North Point grow, sharing his15+ years of financial experience and as a member of the Board of 20+ portfolio companies.
CA, CFA, CF, B. Comm
Karen, a senior advocacy lawyer with 25 years of litigation experience, brings extensive board experience with private schools & non-profits
QC, LLB, BA Honours