Speaker Bios

The lineup of distinguished speakers for the RAiNA 2024 Conference: Creating Buildings that Endure is currently being confirmed. These industry leaders and innovators will bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the event, covering the latest advancements in sustainable and resilient construction. We encourage you to check back regularly for updates and detailed bios on our esteemed speakers.

Graham Finch, M.A.Sc, P.Eng.

Graham Finch, M.A.Sc, P.Eng.

RDH Building Science

Graham is a Principal and Senior Building Science Specialist with RDH Building Science who specializes in enclosure design, research, and investigation work for new and existing buildings. His work experience includes a wide range of projects including building enclosure and facade design and analysis, forensic investigations, research studies, building monitoring, enclosure testing, and various product development and testing services for projects across Canada and the US.

Graham is regarded as an industry leader in evaluating thermal energy and hygrothermal (heat, air, and moisture) performance of building enclosures. Specific to rainscreen walls, much of his practice and graduate research has focused on hygrothermal performance of rainscreens and innovation in higher performance exterior insulated cladding attachments. His work has resulted in several publications and practical recommendations for the construction industry for rainscreen wall designs. Graham is also a co-chair of the Rainscreen Performance Committee for RAiNA.

Laverne Dalgleish

Laverne Dalgleish

Air Barrier Association of America, Rainscreen Association in North America

Laverne Dalgleish serves as the Executive Director of the Air Barrier Association (ABAA). Mr. Dalgleish chairs the ULC Thermal Performance in the Building Environment Standards Committee. He was the key developer of the ABAA Quality Assurance Program for installing air barrier systems in buildings. This program is based on ISO9000 and ISO 12576-2 but brings the ISO requirements together with practical applications for the air barrier industry.

He is also the Chief Operating Officer for the Rainscreen Association in North America (RAiNA). As such, he works to champion energy conservation in buildings while educating the building owners and designers about the benefits of energy conservation such as durability, comfort, reduced maintenance, reduced HVAC equipment costs and the positive impact on the environment. Mr. Dalgleish travels across North America weekly to educate building owners and designers on the advantages of efficient and functional air barrier systems and rainscreen assemblies in buildings. His mission involves collaborating with standards development organizations, training and education groups, government policy departments, and quality assurance program developers within the construction industry

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