Miramichi – the SMART Showcase Community

The distinction of SMART Showcase Community was the honour given to the Miramichi at an event on Tuesday, June 1st at the Rodd Miramichi Hotel. The event was attended by a large number of dignitaries led by Premier Shawn Graham, and representatives from municipal and provincial government, education, local business, and tourism. SMART Technologies; a Calgary-based company and the industry leader in the development of SMART Board Interactive whiteboards, was at the event and Patric Nagel; the company’s Vice-President of North American Sales, officially made the announcement.

The evening’s presentations showcased how all areas of the community are using SMART products – education, government, business, and tourism. MRTA summer students Kimberly Mertens and Patrick Losier gave a presentation demonstrating how SMART Boards have enabled new opportunities for both partnership and collaboration between tourism operators, and how the technology is engaging visitors at each of the sites whilst showcasing the hearty spirit of the Miramichi region.

The collaboration between the various sectors of the community will continue over time and a twelve-month schedule has been developed. July will mark the first month of SMART Community initiatives dubbed “Miramichi Tourism Trivia” and will feature some of the interactive content that has been created for the Miramichi Region and it’s operators. Tammy Sanford; MRTA Executive Director, accepted a paddle crafted by a student of School District 16 – a symbol of the ongoing partnership and collaboration in the Miramichi made possible by SMART technology.