Symposium Materials


January 23rd – January 24th 2018

Boston’s waterfront is undergoing an historic redevelopment boom. Boston’s Designated Port Areas (DPAs) are experiencing increasing pressure to be developed for commercial, recreational and residential uses. As a decades-long champion of the working port, Boston Harbor Now has been working on a comprehensive white paper that examines the current state of Boston’s working waterfront, the regulatory structure that governs Designated Port Areas, and provides a series of comparable regional and international case studies.

A two-day idea exchange is scheduled in conjunction with the release of the Innovation in Boston’s Working Port report. Our goal is to achieve broader public-private consensus on the necessary steps to build a 21st century Harbor and, in doing so, create a Boston’s working port that is increasingly innovative, climate-resilient, and economically viable.

Day 1: Jan. 23rd, 2018

Ocean Planning Film and Expert Panel (6:00pm – 8:30pm)

  • Screening of Ocean Frontiers III at New England Aquarium
  • Expert Panel


Day 2: Jan. 24th, 2018

Working Port Cruise  $15.00  (10:00am – 12:00pm)

  • Harbor Industry Expert-led Harbor Tour

Working Port Idea Exchange  $25.00  (1:30pm – 6:00pm)

  • Introductions
  • White Paper Executive Summary
  • Maritime Expert Panel
  • Reception

Please note: If you plan to attend both the morning and the afternoon sessions, you must register for each event to reserve your seat. 


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Day 1: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

“Ocean Frontiers III” Screening & Panel

New England Aquarium,  1 Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
6:00pm – 8:30pm

Join us for a special screening of Ocean Frontiers III at the New England Aquarium. This award winning film series explores the challenges at the heart of ocean conservation and development, presenting solutions from a range of people who are leading the way to a healthy and sustainable ocean future. The film will be followed by a panel conversation from area maritime experts.

This special film screening is in partnership with Boston Harbor Now, Green Fire Productions and the New England Aquarium. This event is free and open to the public.

Co-Hosted By:


  • 6:00pm – guest reception
  • 6:30pm – introductions & Ocean Frontiers III film screening
  • 7:30pm – panel discussion + audience Q&A on the new Northeast ocean action plan

Ocean Planning Experts Panel

  • Mark Cutter – Assistant Branch Chief, Waterways Management, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Boston
  • Bruce Carlisle – Director, Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management
  • Emily Shumchenia, PhD – Marine Scientist, Northeast Ocean Data Portal Working Group
  • Randall Lyons, CMM– Executive Director, Massachusetts Marine Trades Association
  • Moderator, Bud RisSenior Advisor, Green Ribbon Commission, former CEO New England Aquarium


Day 2: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Working Port Cruise

Mass Bay Lines, 60 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
10:00am – 12:00pm  $15.00

A two-hour narrated cruise of the four inner-harbor Designated Port Areas. This ticketed tour will depart from Rowes Wharf, head down to the South Boston Designated Port Area, across and up the Harbor to the East Boston DPA, hug the waterfront through the Chelsea Creek DPA, and wrap up in the Mystic River DPA. The boat will drop passengers off at Commonwealth Pier in the Seaport.

Guest Speakers:

  • Lisa Berry Engler – Assistant Director, MA Office of Coastal Zone Management
  • Richard McGuinnessDeputy Director for Climate Change and Environmental Planning, Boston Planning and Development Agency
  • Andrew HargensDeputy Director Real Estate Development, Massport
  • Fred Laskey — Executive Director Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
  • Ryan Cox — Vice President at Boston Line & Service,  President Propeller Club of Boston
  • Marty McCabe — Boston Harbor Pilots, VP Propeller Club of Boston
  • Magdalena Ayed — Executive Director, Harborkeepers
  • Steve Dodge — Executive Director, API Mass Petroleum Council
  • Shelagh Mahoney — CEO and Owner, Eastern Salt
  • Carol Churchill — Communications Manager at ENGIE North America
  • Captain Claudia Gelzer — Captain of the Port, United States Coast Guard


Working Port Idea Exchange

Exchange Conference Center at Fish Pier, 212 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210
1:30pm – 6:00pm  $25.00

Welcome & Introductions




Welcome remarks by
 Tom Glynn, CEO Massport







Remarks by
Carolyn A. Kirk, Deputy Secretary, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts







Remarks by
Bruce Carlisle, Director Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management







Executive Summary of Innovation in Boston’s Working Port Report
Kathy AbbottPresident & CEO Boston Harbor Now.






To plan the future of Boston’s working port, we must have a better understanding of Boston Harbor now! We have invited speakers from around the Harbor to address the challenges Boston’s working port is facing. Each speaker is allowed 8 slides shown for 40 seconds each. By the end of the first hour you will have a working knowledge of Boston Harbor today.


  • Andrew Hargens – Deputy Director, Real Estate Development, Massport
  • Roseann Bongiovanni – Executive Director, Greenroots
  • Dan Adams – Founding Principal at Landing Studio
  • Jake Citrin – CEO, Cargo Ventures
  • Mia Mansfield – Climate Ready Boston Program Manager, City of Boston Office of Environment, Energy and Open Space
  • Tiffany Skogstrom – Outreach and Policy Coordinator, Massachusetts Office of Technical Assistance (OTA)
  • Moderator, Jamie Fay — Founder and President of Fort Point Associates


National and Regional Maritime Expert Panel

The second panel will include a conversation with thought leaders focused on the opportunities for growth in Boston’s working port and a guide to building a 21st-century Harbor.

  • Moderator, Bruce Mohl — Editor, Commonwealth Magazine
  • Ammar Kanaan – President, Kanaan Consulting focused on global maritime trends
  • Bill Needelman – Waterfront Coordinator, City of Portland ME
  • Jamie Torres Springer — Partner, HR&A Advisors, Inc.
  • Austin Becker, PhD —  Assistant Professor of Coastal Planning, Policy, and Design University of Rhode Island


Closing Remarks




Jeff Porter
Board Chairman, Boston Harbor Now




Attendees, panelists, and presenters are invited to a post-conference wrap up reception. This is an excellent opportunity to make new connections, network, and continue conversations offline.