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Chairman & CEO, RIWI Corp.; Senior Fellow, Massey College
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).