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He serves on the IHS North American Crude Oil Markets team and leads the IHS Energy Oil Sands Dialogue. His expertise includes Canadian oil sands development, oil sands cost and competitiveness, Canadian pipelines infrastructure, crude oil markets, crude-by-rail, crude oil life-cycle analysis and Canadian energy policy. Prior to joining IHS, Mr. Birn held various senior advisor positions with the Government of Canada at the Department of Natural Resources. During his time at Natural Resources, he was involved in a range of energy issues, such as oil and gas market analysis, oil market access, energy modelling, Aboriginal consultation and federal oil sands 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. He holds an undergraduate degree in Business and a graduate degree in Economics from the University of Alberta, Canada.