Maine's Investment in Infrastructure & Higher Education

    October 11, 2018
    8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
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    USM University Events Room (Glickman Library 7th Floor)
    314 Forest Avenue
    Portland, ME 04101
    Venue website

    In anticipation of the upcoming vote in November on bonds to upgrade Statewide Roads and Bridges; the University, Community College System, and Maine Maritime; and Statewide Wastewater Treatment Systems; SMPS Northern New England is hosting a panel featuring UMS Chancellor Jim Page, MDOT Commissioner David Bernhardt and DEP Water Quality Bureau Director, Brian Kavanah to discuss the benefits of the funding and the work needed to be done.

    The panel discussion will highlight the needs and the extent of the work to help explain why this is an important vote to invest $200 million in our infrastructure.

    Free Parking: Available in the parking garage attached to the Abromson Center located at 88 Bedford St., Portland, Maine 04101. Simply walk across the parking lot to the Glickman Library.


    David B. Bernhardt

    David B. Bernhardt, PE, Commissioner, Maine Department of Transportation

    David B. Bernhardt was appointed Commissioner of the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) by Governor Paul R. LePage in February, 2011. Commissioner Bernhardt joined MaineDOT in 1984 serving in several top positions. Prior to becoming commissioner, he was MaineDOT's Director of Engineering and Operations. Earlier, Bernhardt served as MaineDOT’s director of Maintenance and Operations for more than four years, during which time he implemented several cost-saving and efficiency-gaining initiatives. He is an active participant on several national and state transportation associations including: The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Board of Directors and Executive and Strategic Management Committee; NCHRP 20-24; I-95 Corridor Coalition and is an honorary member of Maine’s Women in Transportation Chapter. Commissioner Bernhardt served as AASHTO’s Vice President in 2016 and President in 2017.

    Brian Kavanah

    Brian Kavanah; Director, Division of Water Quality Management; Bureau of Water Quality, Maine Department of Environmental Protection

    Brian Kavanah has worked in the field of environmental protection for 31 years, holding a variety of positions with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and briefly with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in New York City. Since 2001, Kavanah has served as the Director of the Division of Water Quality Management (DWQM) at the Maine DEP. The DWQM is responsible for all regulatory programs for point source wastewater discharges, and point source stormwater discharges, including:  licensing, compliance, technical assistance, enforcement, pretreatment, combined sewer overflows, State Revolving Fund and Grants, overboard discharge regulation and removal, and Small Community Grants for the replacement of septic systems. Since July 1, 2018, Kavanah is also serving as Co-Acting Director of the Bureau of Water Quality.

    Dr. James H. Page

    Dr. James H. Page, Chancellor, University of Maine System

    Dr. James H. Page was appointed Chancellor by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees in March 2012 to lead their repositioning of the University System to meet Maine’s 21st century higher education needs. Prior to becoming Chancellor, Dr. Page was principal and CEO of the James W. Sewall Company, a national consulting organization founded in 1880 and headquartered in Old Town, Maine, specializing in forestry, natural resources, civil and spatial engineering. Page is the first University of Maine System Chancellor to be born in Maine or to have been educated at one of the System’s universities. He was born and raised in Caribou and obtained his BA in History from the University of Maine at Ft. Kent. Subsequently he completed Master’s work in the philosophy of physics from St. Andrews University, Scotland, and obtained his Ph.D. in the philosophical foundations of mathematics from MIT. He taught at several universities before joining the private sector and has served on a number of Boards in the public, private, and NGO sectors.


    Timothy J. Boyce

    Timothy J. Boyce, PE; President, Board of Directors, ACEC Maine; Vice President of Engineering Services, S. W. Cole Engineering, Inc.

    Tim Boyce, who joined S.W. Cole in 1999, was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. After graduating from high school, he entered the U.S. Navy. His military service spans over 30 years, including active duty and 21 years as a Civil Engineer Corps Officer for the U. S. Naval Construction Force. Mr. Boyce earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington with post-graduate studies in Geotechnical Engineering. He has over two decades of geotechnical engineering experience working for consultants in New England and the Pacific Northwest. Boyce was named Vice President of Engineering for S.W. Cole in 2014 and serves on the S.W. Cole Board of Directors. He also volunteers his time in service to his profession and consulting engineering firms in Maine as President of ACEC Maine’s Board of Directors.


    • 8:30 – 9:00 Registration and networking
    • 9:00 – 10:00 Panel Discussion
    • 10:00 – 10:30 Networking


    *Continental breakfast provided.




    $55.00 SMPS NNE Member

    $55.00 SMPS Member (Outside NNE Chapter)

    $75.00 Not-Yet-a-Member

    $250.00 Program Sponsorship & 1 Registration