Team & Bios

Dr Sanat Pokharel

Sanat Pokharel, Ph.D., P. ENG.

Principal Engineer
Ph.D., Hons Geotechnical Engineering, M.Sc. Hydropower Development, B.E. Civil Engineering

Dr. Pokharel has been the Principal Engineer for Stratum Logics in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada since 2011 and has nearly 30 years of engineering consulting, design, construction and project management experience. He holds a Ph.D with honours from the University of Kansas in geotechnical engineering. He completed his M.Sc. in Hydropower Development at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway under NORAD scholarship and a Bachelor in Civil Engineering from IIT, Roorkee, India under UNDP scholarship.

Dr. Pokharel is one of the leading experts in the application of the unique Novel Polymeric Alloy (NPA) geocell technology. He has worked with governments, development agencies, international companies and universities in Asia, Europe and North America, including the complete engineering cycle for Roads, Dams, Canals and Water Induced Disasters and Disputes Resolution. Now located in Canada, he has designed, and supervised construction of roads for oil and gas companies and municipalities and logging yards, all of which used NPA geocell reinforcement, including Causeway at Grizzly Oil Sands, Access Road at MEG Energy facility at Christina Lake and CANFOR Logging Yard.

Marc Breault

Marc Breault

Founder & President

Marc is a serial entrepreneur who drawing upon years of successful business experience, creates motivational corporate cultures of mentoring, hands-on training and support to transform vision into industry-leading enterprises.

Following years of experience in the road building industry, Marc realized there were new technologies that would substantially reduce construction costs and provide more sustainable solutions. However, with limited industry knowledge available in the market at the time, there was a lack of acceptance of these new technologies. Based on the concept that you can either embrace technological advancements or run the risk of falling behind, he founded Stratum in 2010 to provide engineering and project design expertise in the application of advanced, high performance geosynthetic materials and engineering supervision for their reliable construction.

For Stratum this meant bringing together a team of high-performance, “pioneering” global experts in the application of geosynthetics in geotechnical environments. Marc’s extensive understanding and experience in the construction and roadways industry provides a common ground for innovative relationships with domestic and international regulators, governments, and agencies.

Since its establishment, Stratum has successfully introduced these technologies in hundreds of projects and the demand for these new technologies has grown exponentially, as more of the industry has witnessed first-hand the substantial cost and time savings and their corresponding reduction in carbon footprint.

Elmer Lopez

Elmer Lopez, C.E.T.

Senior Draftsman
B.Sc. Civil Engineering

Elmer’s years with Stratum Logics have seen his involvement in detail and conceptualized design in drafting. After 22 years of extensive and progressive experience, Elmer is highly proficient in the use of AutoCAD and Civil 3D drafting software. He has supervised project execution, including quality control of civil and structural buildings, roads and bridges, power plants, petrochemical (refinery) plants, and military installations.

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Murtaza Ali, P.Eng.

Field Engineer
B.Eng. Civil Engineering

Murtaza is a registered Civil Engineer with more than 5 years of experience in field and design work, including 3 years of experience as a project/field engineer on road projects. He has performed multiple duties relating to project controls, change management, subcontract management, field execution, and quality assurance during his career, and thrives in a 

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fast-paced environment. Murtaza has supervised the execution of many on-site projects and excels at identifying efficiencies and implementing procedures to improve quality and cost-effectiveness. He received his Bachelor of Civil Engineering from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, and brings to the Stratum team valuable industry knowledge gained in the oil & gas and public infrastructure sectors.

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Arghya Chatterjee, M.Sc., P.Eng.

Project Engineer with specialization in Structural Engineering

Mr. Chatterjee has experience working on multiple innovative pre-cast concrete products to economize projects throughout Western Canada. He is also experienced with managing the civil component of multi-disciplinary projects in the oil and gas industry.

Daniel Breault

Daniel Breault, LAT

Landscape Architect; Slope, Channel, Wall Vegetation, Soil Lab Manager
Dip. Landscape Architectural Technology, Cert. Drafting, Cert. 3D Drafting

Starting with Paradox Access Solutions in its earliest days, Daniel has progressed from trucking and operating equipment to being Stratum Logics’ Technical Specialist. Trained in landscape architecture, his hands-on experience with transportation logistics, heavy equipment, and field operations make him perfect for his leadership position in which he oversees safety, field operations, and quality control. Daniel’s expertise in this area will be important for the design and construction of natural-looking flood mitigation solutions.

Connie Byer

Connie Byer

EPCM Project Financial Manager and Controller

Connie is a Senior Financial Manager with over 15 years of experience in contract management, variance analysis, cost control and project financial management for technical and civil engineering projects with specialization in oil, energy, and large-scale international agricultural projects. Connie is a key team member and responsible for project cost control, budget estimation, and management and is involved with

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the tendering process through project execution including on-site cost control supervision. As accurate and reliable project estimations are critical for Stratum client’s success, Connie provides invaluable insights and tools to implement cost saving measures and processes from her extensive experience in construction project cost estimation and budget management.


Lucy Liu, E.I.T.

Water Resource Engineer-In-Training

 Lucy completed her Master of Science in Water Resources Engineering in 2018, during which time she closely studied urban drainage and stormwater management, surface water hydrology and hydraulics, and hydrological

modeling. She spent her first year and a half out of university applying her knowledge in the surveying industry and joined the Stratum Logics team in the spring of 2020.
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Beshoy Shenouda

Civil Engineering Graduate

Beshoy Shenouda is a civil engineering graduate who has completed three work terms for Stratum while completing his Civil Engineering degree and combined has more than a year and a half of experience assisting with civil and geotechnical projects in both the office and the field.

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Lee Richard, T.T

CAD Draftsman

Lee was hired on with Stratum Logics in September of 2020, and brought with him extensive civil experience in the field, ranging in a wide variety including surveying, quality control, field testing, and basic equipment operation. In addition to this, Lee is proficient in AutoCAD and Civil 3D drafting software, where the majority of his duties lie, however, when additional help is required, he’s been seen assisting in geotechnical investigations, lab testing, surveying, and quality control when necessary.

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Mohammad Akhtar

M.Eng, P.Eng.

is Stratum’s Geotechnical Engineer. Mr. Akhtar’s 20 years of experience includes Geotechnical Engineering, Civil engineering, Water resources, Pavement, Ground improvement, Dam and large civil infrastructure construction projects. He has worked with governments, national and international companies in Asia and North America on the geotechnical subsurface investigations, analysis, design, Foundation Engineering (Deep/Shallow) investigations,

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analysis, design, large/Heavy Civil-Geotechnical Construction, Inspection & Testing, Quality Assurance & Control, construction of Dam, Tailings Dykes, Earthworks, Geotechnical Instrumentations, Roads/Bridges Construction/Management and Geotechnical Pavement Investigation & Rehabilitations projects.


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Taimur Usman, PhD, P.Eng.

Transportation Design Engineer

Dr. Taimur Usman has been with Stratum since March 2021 and has More than 20 Years of experience in project management, transportation planning, and geometric designing, drafting, geotechnical investigation, contract administration, budget preparation, proposal, and design report writing, data management, and statistical analysis, policy evaluation, traffic engineering, and transportation safety.

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Dr. Usman is a Skilled user of Highway Capacity Manual, Highway Safety Manual, Canadian Capacity guide, Canadian Road Safety Audit Guide, TAC, The Canadian Guide to In-service Road Safety Reviews, Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), AASHTO Guide and highway geometric design, Highway Capacity Software (HCS+), Synchro, etc.