Kevin Birn, Vice President, North American Crude Oil Markets, IHS Markit and a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. Mr. Birn is based in Calgary and leads western Canadian crude oil market research services which includes the Canadian Oil Sands Dialogue and is also leading IHS Markit’s emerging oil market GHG Accounting and Estimation capability. His expertise includes North American crude oil markets, crude oil logistics, Canadian oil sands development, including oil sands cost and competitiveness, and life-cycle greenhouse gas estimation of crude oil. Mr. Birn has authored over eighty reports related to western crude oil markets, extraction, and associated environmental impacts. Prior to joining IHS Markit, Mr. Birn was a Senior Economist with the Government of Canada and a Partner in a software firm. Mr. Birn holds an undergraduate degree in business and a graduate degree in economics from the University of Alberta. His oil sands research is publicly available from IHS Markit at http://www.ihs.com/oilsandsdialogue.