Empowering Oil Discovery™


Our team includes experienced petroleum geology and software development professionals.

Robert Norris  Dipl. Eng., B.Sc.

Robert brings to StraTerra 25 years of knowledge and experience in software engineering, research and development management, technical consulting and product management. Building on senior roles at Alcatel, Newbridge Networks, CrossKeys Systems, the PSC Group and Amdahl Communications, Robert founded StraTerra to provide geoscientists with software tools that assist their critical decision making. As former Director of Product Management in Alcatel’s largest software business unit and Product Architect at CrossKeys Systems, Robert uniquely understands complex systems, the importance of customer needs driving development and timely product support. He holds a diploma in Electrical Engineering Technology from Ryerson University and B.Sc. in Computer Science from York University.

John Lake B.Sc., M.Sc.
Geological Science Advisor

John has 25 years of petroleum geology exploration experience. He has been a geologist for Mobil Oil Canada and Saskoil. He currently consults on the geology of the Bakken in Saskatchewan and the Northern US, and provides core analysis and training sevices. He has deep knowledge of the technical and scientific aspects of petroleum geology. John has worked both offshore and the central basin in Alberta and Saskatchewan. He has presented numerous core workshops at both the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG) conferences in Calgary and the Williston Basin Petroleum conferences. His 2012 CSPG core workshop “Entrenched Channels within the Frobisher Beds of Southeast Saskatchewan: Tidal Influence on Reservoir Quality”, presented with Dr. Don Kent, won an honourable mention. John holds a B.Sc. in Earth Sciences from the University of Waterloo and M.Sc. from McGill University in Geology, Earth and Planetary Sciences.

Rick McCulloch B.Sc.,
P.Geo. Solutions Consulting

For more than 25 years, Rick has been a petroleum geologist for oil and gas resource companies, including five years designing and implementing geological 2D and 3D modeling applications. He has directed complex geological investigations, including more than a decade evaluating hydrocarbon deposits, providing geological support on more than thirty conventional hydrocarbon reservoirs and evaluating the McMurray oil sands resources. Rick has created reservoir models for diverse clients and projects, including coal bed methane, and light and heavy oil. Past positions include Geologist, R and D Team Lead for United Oil & Gas Consulting Ltd., Geological Programmer for Rockware Inc., Petroleum Industry Services Programmer for Harbinger Explorations Inc., and Oil Sands Geologist for Terracon Geotechnique Ltd.. Rick is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta; American Association of Professional Geologists; and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Geologists

Dr. Don Kent Ph.D., P.Eng., P.Geo.
Geological Science Advisor

Don is adjunct and emeritus professor in the Department of Geology, University of Regina. His research interests have long been the geology of carbonate hydrocarbon reservoir rocks and he advises StraTerra on the technical and scientific aspects of petroleum geology. Don was chair of the Canadian Geosciences Standards Board and was president of the Saskatchewan Geological Society in 1965, 1969, 1979, and 2001. He was a petroleum research geologist with the Saskatchewan provincial government and now provides consulting services, including core analysis and training. Don has contributed numerous core workshops at the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists conference in Calgary and the Williston Basin Petroleum conference. His 2012 CSPG core workshop, presented with John Lake, won an honourable mention. He holds a B.Sc. in Geological Engineering, M.Sc. in Geology from the University of Saskatchewan and Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Alberta.

Howard Rosenblum B.Sc., M.A.Sc.
Development and Customer Support

Howard is a software engineer with more than 20 years experience in medical, military and telecommunications software research and development. He specializes in all aspects of system development life cycle, including documenting and presenting products, and managing customer support facilities. Employers have included Siemens, Newbridge Networks, Enghouse, Department of National Defense (Canada) and Health Canada. Howard has Fortune 500 customer support experience and has provided project management tool configuration and training support for projects with budgets over $1B. He holds a B.Sc. in Math and Computer Science from McGill University and a M.A.Sc. in Technology Innovation Management from Carleton University.

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