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Keynote Address
Please Welcome Ralph Paroli!




Ralph M. Paroli, PhD
Director, Research and Development, in Measurement Science and Standards at the National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

In this position, which he assumed in 2013, Paroli is responsible for providing leadership and managing research activities. From 1998 to 2012, he served as director of Building Envelope and Structure, Institute for Research in Construction, where he had responsibility for the NRC research program addressing concrete materials durability and repair, wall and window systems performance, and thermal and moisture performance of materials and roofing systems. He was also the acting director for urban infrastructure from 2007 to 2009.

Possessing more than 30 years of experience in spectroscopy and thermal analysis and over 20 years’ experience related to roofing, Paroli has been involved with national and international committees in developing new techniques to characterize roofing materials and systems. As a researcher at NRC, Paroli has been honored with several awards, and he has led government research projects on roof system performance.

Paroli is the 2016 Chairman of the ASTM International Board of Directors. ASTM's board is made up of 25 leaders from an array of companies, associations and government bodies worldwide. In addition to NRC, this includes Dow Corning Co., Johnson & Johnson, BP America, the Standardization Organization of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and many others. Several members are based outside the United States. Paroli has served on the ASTM board of directors since 2011. He is a past chairman of Committee D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing (2008-2013) and a member of Committees D11 on Rubber and E60 on Sustainability. He joined ASTM in 1994 and was a member of the Committee on Standards from 2006 to 2008, for which he received a 2008 Service Award. He has also received the D08 Award of Appreciation in 2013 and a Leadership Award for his work as chairman in 2014.                 

Immediate past chairman of the CIB/RILEM Joint Committee on Roofing Membrane Systems, Paroli is also past president of both the Canadian Thermal Analysis Society and the Canadian Society for Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy. He serves on the board of directors for the RCI Foundation USA and RCI Foundation Canada. Paroli has been a member of the NSF International Council of Public Health Consultants since 2008 and is chairman of the NSF 347 Joint Committee for Sustainable Roofing as well as the Joint Committee for Vaccine Storage. He is also a member of the American Chemical Society, the Association of the Chemical Profession of Ontario, the Chemical Institute of Canada (Canadian Society for Chemistry) and the Society for Applied Spectroscopy.

Paroli holds a B.Sc. in analytical chemistry from the University of Concordia in Montreal and a Ph.D. in physical and inorganic chemistry from McGill University, Montreal.

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