Neil Seeman
Mr./ Prof. Neil Seeman is the founder of RIWI Corp., becoming its Chief Executive Officer and a founding Director of the Company in 2009 and continuing in that role post-commercialization in December 2011. RIWI (CSE: RIW) is a global survey, message testing and citizen engagement technology company. Offering Information as a Service (IaaS) and custom data solutions, the Company is a global data provider to organizations such as the World Bank, the United Nations World Food Programme, Freedom House, the InterAmerican Development Bank, the Mastercard Foundation, as well as servicing government agencies, financial institutions, global market research firms in all parts of the world, and leading corporations such as CLSA, Procter & Gamble, Ericsson & Deloitte. As CEO, Neil leads overall strategy for the company globally, with a focus on healthcare and international security solutions. He also serves as the Company’s Chairman.

Prior to joining RIWI Corp., he was the founder and Executive Director of the Innovation Cell at Massey College, in the University of Toronto, where Neil is a Senior Fellow and teaches on knowledge transfer and the Web. For the University, he is on Faculty at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Neil is the inventor of the patent for RDIT, acquired by RIWI Corp. in 2009, and first used by Neil for government-commissioned pandemic surveillance research in 2009-2010. Neil holds a bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University, a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Toronto and a Master’s of Public Health Degree from Harvard University.

Mr. Seeman is the author of hundreds of articles in major media around the world, more than 25 peer-reviewed journal papers, several books and monographs, and is well-known for popularizing the importance of post-partisanship in data and decision-making for public policy.

Mr. Seeman began his career at a full-service Canadian law firm, later becoming a founding editorial board member of The National Post, and In-House Counsel on free speech matters to the National Citizen’s Coalition serving under the leadership of the Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Stephen Harper. He was founder of the Canadian Statistical Assessment Service, funded by the Donner Canadian Foundation, and later merged with the Centre for Risk and Regulation at The Fraser Institute. He has held research positions at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and at IBM Canada, where he specialized in commercial applications of social media data and other data streams. Prior to the University of Toronto, he taught on healthcare and informatics issues at Ryerson University. He has been an angel investor and advisor to many Web start-ups. He has been listed in the Canadian Who’s Who (Univ. of Toronto) since 2002. His academic work has appeared in major journals such as Nature, Synapse, the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the Journal of Affective Disorders, Healthcare Quarterly, Healthcare Papers, and Healthcare Management Review.

RIWI is the winner of the IIeX Innovation Exchange Competition (2013), a three-­year consecutive ‘Top 50 Most Innovative’ global data firm (2014, 2015, 2016), and the winner of the NGMR ‘Disruptive Innovator of the Year’ award (2014).

Entries by Neil Seeman

It'll Take Both Trump And Trudeau To Confront Opioid Crisis

(8) Comments | Posted February 27, 2017 | 4:29 PM

There was at least one matter of vital global interests that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed on when they met recently in Washington, D.C. -- that the opioid crisis sweeping North America was unprecedented, that opioid deaths had shot up in both countries...

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Getting Teens To Understand The Dangers Of Texting While Driving

(1) Comments | Posted October 17, 2016 | 3:24 PM

This week is Parachute National Teen Driver Safety Week. Distracted driving is a factor in up to 19 per cent of all fatal crashes involving teen drivers.


The new data from Parachute underlines the seriousness of this...

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Why Nobody Predicted Trump Or Brexit

(10) Comments | Posted July 26, 2016 | 11:39 AM

If the Brexit vote taught us anything, it is that prediction science is a lot harder than even Yogi Berra said. It's tough to make predictions, even about the present.

Brexit and Trump -- and Twitter's success (launched 10 years ago this month) -- stupefied the overwhelming...

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Powerball Ticket Buyers Aren't Stupid

(4) Comments | Posted January 29, 2016 | 8:31 AM

Blessed are those who do not buy Powerball tickets. So went the virtuous refrain of much of the media and punditocracy, smugly denouncing Powerballers as morons.


To Stony Brook University's Noah Smith, writing in BloombergView, "lotteries, and lottery...

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Your Confidential Emails Aren't As Secure As You Think

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 5:23 PM

Pity Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment. An anonymous group calling itself Guardians of Peace exposed her thousands of emails to the world.

Ms. Pascal is a member of a large club of senior executives, many of whom are anonymous. Perhaps due to embarrassment, they...

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The Cyber Security Crisis Must be Confronted

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 6:51 PM

Everyone in the technology business knows that many web meet-ups deliver negative value -- like getting into discussions about the coolest 'start-up goatees' -- but at various recent events we have learned that the world is a very dangerous place and technology will protect us.

Despite being involved in businesses...

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Remembering the 'Non-Brag' Christmas Card

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 9:08 PM

1957 -- a grand year to behold! Thank you Margaret for being such a wise friend, calming me in my sadness and my pain over the past year. My husband Phil has just lost his job. Is your aunt's heart health on the mend? Does she still make those delicious...

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How Frederick Banting Might Attack Ebola

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 8:39 AM

A happy accident landed us in our new offices in Sir Frederick Banting's old workspace in the University of Toronto's Banting and Best Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. It "oozes history," as one infectious disease expert, Dr. Kamran Khan, told me excitedly when he...

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What it's Like for Disabled and Elderly People to Take the TTC

(15) Comments | Posted November 8, 2014 | 12:02 AM

You know that feeling when you're hurried to get to work or an appointment downtown but the subway trains are all packed? So you fidget with angst until a less jam-packed car zooms into the station?

Now, multiply that stress by 20 times. That's what it feels like to...

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How To Give Thanks If You're Under 30

(0) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 6:44 PM

Contrary to media myth, today's younger generation is not disaffected or lost. They are less Sartre and more like Plato: giving back is suddenly cool again. There is a sense of urgency to change the world for good.

The data speak for themselves: in Canada, younger...

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Nigeria's Optimism Amid Ebola's Threat

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2014 | 6:25 PM

Ken Saro-Wiwa, the late Nigerian author and activist, insisted that the observer "cannot merely X-ray society's weaknesses, its ills, its perils. He or she must be actively involved shaping its present and its future." Today, in Nigeria, observation has swelled into optimism about burgeoning prosperity, born of a...

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Ten Body Lessons for Entrepreneurs

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 1:09 PM

Etymology offers insights into deity-associated bodily terms to understand the lessons of the Ancients and apply these lessons to entrepreneurship.

Atlas is the name given to the uppermost spinal vertebra that supports the head. In Greek mythology, Atlas was a Titan, brother of Cronus, and thus...

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Why Should I Care About the Ontario Election? No One Else Does

(13) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 2:15 PM

I will vote if I want to, vote if I want to, and if I do vote, you would likely not vote if the same thing happened to you. So what happened to me? Like millions of Ontarians, I don't care about Ontario politics; Why should I? I care about...

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If You Want an Amazing Job You Have to Ask the Right Questions

(7) Comments | Posted May 10, 2014 | 10:55 AM

Our company's "ask technology" is always on. We pose questions to hundreds of thousands of randomized people across every country and territory of the world. Tens of millions of people have provided us answers.

But I am fascinated by questions vastly more than answers.

Socrates was a genius because he...

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Don't Attribute Posts That 'Go Viral' To Neuroscience

(0) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 10:03 AM

Internet titans such as Google's Larry Page now invoke neuroscience in human decision-making online. This is personally thrilling, because of my Internet work and my lifelong curiosity and support for neuroscience. Although neuroscience is the study of the nervous system, business leaders around the...

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We Should Adopt Open Data, With Caution

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 5:32 PM

A protean army of computer scientists, hackers and citizen researchers think we are living in an era of data access prohibition. February 22 was heralded as international open data day. The unofficial mission objective was to 'liberate data sets' -- a phrase popular with those whom we call...

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The Three Letters That Run Global Commerce

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 12:11 PM

The prelude to Chinese New Year was ominous. The very foundation of the Internet quaked across the country.

What we call the Internet is founded on numerous technology standards. Without standards, there is no "information super highway" or Amazon or Facebook.

A week before Chinese New Year, someone spoiled...

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Attack Plagiarism but Defend Student Creativity

(4) Comments | Posted February 1, 2014 | 1:01 AM

Hours before my wife's water broke -- our son was born in 2005 -- I learned of a case of mosaic plagiarism in my class. My nerves twanged. When the water broke, it poured; stress over a potential plagiarism confrontation whilst careening in a new mini-van toward the hospital can...

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Massey College, Mastery and Senator Segal

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 4:57 PM

Senator Hugh Segal, CM will retire from the Upper Chamber to embrace the post of Master of Massey College in the University of Toronto. To most Canadians this may seem like just another rung in the ladder of accomplishments of Mr. Segal, who has figured prominently...

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'Tis the Season to Speak Virtuously

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 12:25 PM

"What did ya get?" "What did ya get?" I remember a holiday party as a child where two teenage boys hopped onto the telephone in the basement after a pious meal to ask their friends what new electronic gadgets they had each received as holiday gifts. The Commodore 64 was,...

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