Waypoints Forum: Futures of the Maine Waterfront
Friday, January 19, 2018
Portland, Maine

The Forum will be live-streamed on Facebook from 2:00-5:30pm. Click here to visit our Facebook page.

The Island Institute's Waypoints Forum features an afternoon of panel discussions on the future of our coastal and island economy, presented with trends and analysis by key coastal leaders. The theme for this year's event is Futures of the Maine Waterfront, with topics ranging from aquaculture to the future of our state's working waterfronts.

The forum will be followed by a reception and special dinner highlighting the bounties of the Maine coast, designed by Executive Chef James E. Griffin, and will feature a multi-course meal with locally sourced food, including Bangs Island Mussels and Casco Bay Cod.

Forum Topics

  • Small Scale Aquaculture in a Global Marketplace
  • Big Ideas Shaping our Waterfront
  • Future of our Working Waterfronts in Maine – visions of our communities in the next 10-15 years


  • Barton Seaver, Author and Chef
  • Kim Hamilton, Focus Maine
  • Sebastian Belle, Maine Aquaculture Association
  • Abigail Carroll, Nonesuch Oysters
  • JB Turner, Front Street Shipyard
  • Boe Marsh, Community Shellfish
  • Luke Holden, Luke’s Lobster
  • Susan Corbett, Axiom Technologies
  • Rob Snyder, President, Island Institute
  • Heather Deese, Executive Vice President, Island Institute

Dinner Keynote – Jeffery C. Becton, Artist

Jeffrey C. Becton

One of the pioneers of the digital revolution, Jeffery Becton is a visual artist who has lived and maintained a studio in Deer Isle Maine since 1977. He received formal training at the Yale School of Art earning an MFA in graphic design in 1976.

Although he received his degree almost a decade before the arrival of the first personal computers employing a graphic user interface, Becton had already had use of an early software application for formatting type digitally on the mainframe computer in Yale's computer science lab. It was an experience that primed him to welcome the new digital tools which became available in the mid 1980s.

As an islander, Becton is especially drawn to the ocean, finding meaning and inspiration in its challenging and mercurial presence, the embodiment of the beauty and harshness of life and proximity of death. With material drawn from his natural surroundings, local homes, and personal imagery, Becton also draws from a vast collection of his ongoing photography to create his compositions. The resulting images exist as a medium somewhere between photography, collage, and painting that he refers to as digital montage. For more information about the artist and his work, visit http://www.jefferybecton.com/. 

Jeffery C. Becton

"Off Spirit Ledge" (2017)


The Westin Portland Harborview
157 High Street
Portland, Maine

Host committee

Dan and Joan Amory, Roger Berle, Joe Higdon, Lee International, Yemaya and Lucas St. Clair, and Dan Tishman


Forum: 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Winslow Homer Junior Ballroom

Cocktail Reception: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom Pre-Function Space

Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
Eastland Grand Ballroom