Robert Skinner

Dr. Robert Skinner is an Executive Fellow at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy and Advisor to the University on its Energy Research Strategy, and President of KIMACAL Energy Strategies Ltd, a private advisory consultancy.

His career in Energy spans more than four decades in government, industry and academia.

  • Research geologist Geological Survey of Canada.
  • Various policy and regulatory roles and Assistant Deputy Minister in Canada’s Energy Department in the seventies and eighties.
  • Director of Policy office at the International Energy Agency in Paris in the nineties
  • Opened TOTAL’s oil sands office in Calgary in 1998
  • Director of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies in England 2003 – 2006
  • Sr. VP of Statoil Canada after advising them on their entry to the oil sands in 2006
  • Retired in 2011 and established an independent strategy advisory service.
  • Bob is the author of numerous papers, articles and lectures, contributor to books and studies on energy, geopolitics and policy and advisor to governments in Latin America, Europe and Asia and is associated with numerous think tanks in Europe and North America.
  • His research at The School of Public Policy focuses on the history of national energy policies in Canada, oil market dynamics and resource governance.

Dr. Skinner has an Honours BSc (’68) in geology from Queen’s University and a PhD (’71) from the University of Washington, Seattle, with a dissertation on ancient climate change in the James Bay Lowlands of Canada.