Gordon Clements - Founder & Inventor of Securshade

My name is Gordon Clements

Founder and Inventor of Securshade

Given the sad rising trend in school shootings, my mission is to see, as quickly as possible, schools across the country benefiting from the added safety and peace of mind SECURSHADE delivers upon threat of an active shooter situation.”

Just as I was in the process of retiring and turning Gordon’s Window Décor, the company I started in 1981, now the largest custom window treatment company north of NY and the country’s largest retail fabricator of cellular shades under our exclusive EcoSmart brand, over  

to my daughter, a community tragedy occurred. A friend and elementary school teacher lost her life in a school shooting, giving me the purpose and inspiration to continue to put my window covering experience to meaningful use. 

In 2013 I began work on SecurShade - a system to remotely and instantaneously lower all the shades in a building in the event of a security threat that alerts the occupants and provides cover while simultaneously advising necessary authorities of the threat and its location. I believe “A teacher’s highest and best use should be directed to providing an optimum learning experience, and not worrying about how they will provide cover for the kids in the event of an active shooter event. This is the inspiration behind SECURSHADE.”

Prior to opening Gordon’s Window décor in Vermont, I earned a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Toronto and an MBA from McGill, and my early career included GE, Colgate Palmolive and DuPont before moving into the window treatment business in 1971 as General Manager of the architectural and US divisions of Hunter Douglas. In 1976 I purchased Conso Graber, the 2nd largest window treatment manufacturer in Canada. In 1981 I started Gordon’s Window Décor in Vermont, where my wife Dianne chose to raise our 3 girls. 

SecurShade Advisory Group

Chris Coulter

President of Adaptive Engineering, LLC

Lawrence Meier

Patent Attorney & Legal Advisor

Kevin McGrath

Patent Attorney & Legal Advisor

Armando Vilaseca

Former classroom teacher, principal, superintendent, and Secretary of Education for the state of Vermont.

Michael Schirling

Retired Police Chief, Burlington, VT Police Department, instructor and consultant. Secretary; VT Agency of Commerce and Community Development