Akbar Sohrabi

PhD, Geologist, President

Dr. Akbar Sohrabi is president of Qualiterra Geological Consultants. He specializes in the fields of stratigraphy and paleontology, sedimentology and ichnology. He has more than eight years of research and teaching experience in geoscience and the oil and gas industry. Akbar has been involved in several research programs and has several published papers in peer-reviewed journals. He has been a geology instructor at the University of Calgary and University of Western Ontario, and also has taught geology courses in the oil and gas industry. He has taught several graduate and undergraduate level geology courses including ichnology, sedimentology, paleobiology and paleoecology, paleontology, and field methods.

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Blair Cann

BSc. Honours (First Class), Geologist, Vice President

Blair Cann is vice president of Qualiterra Geological Consultants. He specializes in siliciclastic sedimentology and is an MSc. candidate at the University of Calgary studying brittleness determination in shales. Blair graduated with a BSc. Honours first class geology degree with a minor in geophysics. Blair has several years of experience working for Pro Geo Consultants where he worked in the office editing striplogs and geological reports, worked in the field as a well site geologist, and also was involved in several core projects at the AER core center in Calgary. Blair has taught the lab portion of “Siliciclastic Sedimentology” and “Igneous, Metamorphic and Ore Rocks and Processes” and won the Geoscience Department outstanding Master’s student TA award. During his studies Blair won the BP energy scholarship and presented his Honours thesis at the 2012 CSPG Geoconvention in Calgary Alberta.

Alireza Babaie Mahani (Ali Mahani)

PhD, Geophysicist, P.Geo.

Dr. Ali Mahani is a seismologist with expertise in ground motion analysis and seismic hazard assessment. He has been involved in various seismicity studies for critical infrastructure including mining, water supply, and nuclear. He has presented his work in several journals and at several conferences including the Bulletin of Seismological Society of America, Seismological Research Letters, and American Geophysical Union.