Opening Keynote Speaker
Ralph M. Paroli, PhD
Director, Research and Development, in Measurement Science and Standards at the National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
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.
Closing Keynote Speaker
Cannabis: The State of the Science
With the US cannabis market valued at $2.7 billion in 2014, the burgeoning cannabis industry is driving advancements across areas such as botanical medicine, medical devices, separations and analytical chemistry, manufacturing and quality management. This session will share examples of innovation while discussing opportunities and the need for interdisciplinary collaboration between industry, scientists and engineers. Attendees will gain an improved understanding of the complexities and opportunities in this rapidly growing industry.
Jeremy Applen entered the cannabis arena with a background in pharmaceutical research and development, including experience gained at Pfizer and the Department of Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies Program Clinical Pharmacy Coordinating Center. Founding Page Analytical, New Mexico’s first state-approved Medical Cannabis Testing Facility, Jeremy worked with the New Mexico Department of Health, Medical Cannabis Program, in drafting regulatory guidelines and improving alignment with regulations utilized by the US Food and Drug Administration for analogous products. Since that time, he has worked closely with government regulators and numerous cannabis organizations both nationally and internationally, to resolve significant issues related to regulations, product quality and product safety.
Jeremy is an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 assessor for the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation and has spoken throughout the US on topics such as the practical and technical issues faced by cannabis laboratories.