Nancy Knowlton


Nancy Knowlton is Chief Executive and Co-Founder of SMART Technologies, she is responsible for the day-to-day direction of SMART.
Nancy has a diploma of collegial studies and a business administration degree with honors, and an MBA in marketing and finance. She completed her chartered accountant accreditation in Alberta. Prior to founding SMART, Nancy taught accounting and computer science for a year at a Canadian university before taking a position with an international accounting firm in Calgary. At the time of her departure, she was a senior audit manager.
Recognized as one of Canada's top businesswomen, Nancy was the 1999 Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in the Export category, awarded by the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and the Bank of Montreal. She and SMART co-founder David Martin were awarded the 1999 Prairies Region Technology Entrepreneur of the Year Award, sponsored by Ernst and Young, and a Manning Innovation Award in 2002.
In 2002–2003 Nancy was one of the nine members of the independent commission that reviewed Alberta's basic education system and produced Every Child Learns, Every Child Succeeds. Additionally, Nancy has spoken around the world on the topic of the 21st Century Classroom...Today, sharing her perspectives on the successful integration strategies for interactive whiteboards in everyday teaching and learning.
In 2003 Nancy was awarded an honorary Doctor of Commerce degree from Saint Mary’s University in recognition of her many business accomplishments.


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