Kevin Birn, Senior Director, IHS Energy, is based in Calgary and is part of IHS North American Crude Oil Markets team, leads the IHS Energy Oil Sands Dialogue, and is responsible for a small team of oil market analyst focused on western Canada. Kevin has authored over thirty reports associated with development of the Canadian oil sands. His expertise includes Canadian oil sands development, oil sands cost and competitiveness, crude oil markets, crude oil transportation logistics, greenhouse gas intensity of crude oil extraction and Canadian energy and climate policy. Mr. Birn has contributed to numerous government and international collaborative research efforts including the 2011 National Petroleum Council report Prudent Development of Natural Gas & Oil Resources for the US Secretary of Energy. Prior to joining IHS Kevin was a senior economist with the Government of Canada and a partner in a software firm. Kevin holds an undergraduate degree in Business and a graduate degree in Economics from the University of Alberta. Kevin's oil sands research is publically available from IHS at http://www.ihs.com/oilsandsdialogue.