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Our Parks, Our Future: An Evening with David Evans Shaw, Shawn Gorman & Lucas St. Clair

January 31, 2017
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center 88 Bedford Street Portland, Maine 04104
Acadia National Park

Portland— On Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 5pm-7pm at Hannaford Hall in the Abromson Center of USM’s Portland campus, the University of Southern Maine Corporate Partners will kick off its 2017 event series with “Our Parks, Our Future: An Evening with David Evans Shaw, Shawn Gorman and Lucas St. Clair.”

The event will include a fireside chat with David Evans Shaw, founder of Idexx Laboratories, Shawn Gorman, Chairman of L.L. Bean and Lucas St. Clair of Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. and The Quimby Family Foundation. Shaw, Gorman and St. Clair will speak about their transformational investments in national parks the last year, and the significance of national parks to the future of our state and nation. A portion of Shaw's feature-length film, "Second Century Stewardship," will be screened. The evening will also feature an interactive discussion about innovation and solutions coming out of Maine, and how individuals and business leaders can support engagement in national and state parks. 

The evening's conversation will be facilitated by Steve Campbell, founder and CEO of pro-voke, an Old Port-based business strategy collective that focuses on organizational change, company culture and leadership performance. Shaw, Gorman and St. Clair will also be joined by other local innovators, including representatives from Chimani, a top-notch app for exploring and touring the National Parks, based in Yarmouth, Maine.

To register for the event, please visit the USM Corporate Partners website.

Featured Speakers

David Evans Shaw is a Maine-based serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder of Idexx Laboratories. Six months ago David announced the launch of a “Second Century Stewardship” initiative for U.S. National Parks, including a feature-length film and a $1,000,000 gift to more powerfully engage science in the national parks.

Shawn Gorman currently serves as L.L. Bean’s board chairman.  L.L. Bean’s deep roots in Maine and commitment to conservation have translated into more than $4 million in contributions toward Acadia National Park’s Island Explorer since 2002, enabling millions of people to enjoy Acadia National Park in an environmentally-sound manner. Under Shawn’s leadership, L.L. Bean announced a $1 million contribution to Friends of Acadia in July 2016.

Lucas St. Clair credits his childhood and his many wilderness experiences at Gould Academy with instilling a loving respect and intimate knowledge of the natural environment. Lucas works full time for Elliotsville Plantation, Inc to conserve land in the North Maine Woods for future generations of recreation, sporting and conservation pursuits. Lucas continues his environmental advocacy by leading annual wilderness training at Gould Academy and serving on the board of The Quimby Family Foundation.

Contact Information

Lydia Swann