Board of Directors

Mr. Neil Seeman

Mr. Neil Seeman is the founder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of RIWI Corp.. As CEO, Neil leads overall strategy for the company globally, with a focus on healthcare and international security solutions. He is responsible for overall company performance.

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.

Mr. Robert Pirooz

Mr. Robert Pirooz has served as a Company Director since 2009. He is also a member of the Company’s Audit Committee.

Mr. Pirooz is a venture capitalist and has successfully performed a variety of instrumental roles in the formation, development and/or operation of over 11 public companies, one of which is now a major primary silver producer (Pan American Silver Corp.), and eight of which have been acquired by third parties for receipts in excess of $3 billion.

In 1989, Mr. Pirooz received a Juris Doctorate from the University of British Columbia and in the ensuing 25 years practiced corporate and commercial law with two of Vancouver’s premier law firms and served as General Counsel to B.C. Rail and Pan American Silver.

Among other projects and interests, Mr. Pirooz, a member of The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), in connection with his writing, is currently executive chair of Network Media Group, whose films include Facing Ali, which was short-listed for award nomination by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for best documentary feature. Mr. Pirooz is a founding shareholder and Executive Director of Aegis Medical Innovations, a private company whose technology reduces the incidence of stroke, heart attack and atrial fibrillation.

In 2012 Mr. Pirooz was appointed Queen’s Counsel by the Attorney General for British Columbia.

Mr. Donald Shumka

Mr. Donald Shumka has served as a Director of RIWI Corp. since December, 2014. In June, 2017, he was appointed as RIWI’s Audit Committee Chair. Mr. Shumka is a retired executive with more than 40 years of business experience in financial related capacities. For 25 years he held positions of increasing responsibility in the forest industry, including 10 years as the Chief Financial Officer of West Fraser Timber Ltd., one of Canada’s largest forest products companies. Subsequently, he was Managing Director of the Global Forest Products Group at CIBC World Markets and Raymond James Ltd. Mr. Shumka currently sits on the boards of Eldorado Gold Corp., Paladin Energy Ltd. and Alterra Power Corp. He has also been active in the not-for-profit sector serving on the boards of the British Columbia Arts Council, Emily Carr University and Ballet British Columbia. Mr. Shumka holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University.

Ms. Annette Cusworth

Ms. Annette Cusworth, CPA CA, has served as one of our Directors since December 2014 and is RIWI’s Interim CFO, a position she assumed June 13, 2017. Ms. Cusworth is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years of financial management experience with both public and private companies. She is currently Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer at Creation Technologies, an electronic manufacturing services provider located across Canada and the US with facilities in both China and Mexico.

Ms. Cusworth’s previous experience includes Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer for CHC Helicopter Corporation, a multinational company that was traded on both the TSX and the NYSE and CFO for Magma Energy Corp., a renewable energy company that traded on the TSX. Ms. Cusworth currently serves on the board of Northair Silver Corp (TSXV: INM). Ms. Cusworth is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary.

Mr. Richard N. Perle

Mr. Richard Perle has served as a Director of RIWI Corp. since July 2015. He is a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C. think tank. He served as Assistant Secretary of Defense (1981-1987) in the Administration of President Ronald Reagan, and as a member of the Defense Policy Board from 1987 to 2005 (and as its Chairman from 2001-2004). From 1969 to 1980 he served on the staff of the U.S. Senate.

Mr. Perle has been a non-executive director of several public and private companies in the United States, United Kingdom and Turkey. He has advised numerous companies in the defense, industrial materials, publishing, biotechnology, healthcare, information management and software industries. He has written extensively on political and public policy issues in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Daily Telegraph and elsewhere. He is the author of Hard Line, a novel (Random House, Inc.) and numerous articles, books and monographs.

Dr. Ken Adelman

Dr. Ken Adelman was appointed as a Director of RIWI Corp. in June 2016. Dr. Adelman began working for the U.S. government in 1969 at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and then served in the Office of Economic Opportunity. From 1975 to 1977, he was an Assistant to U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld during President Gerald Ford’s Administration. Dr. Adelman became a Deputy U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and then Arms Control Director for President Reagan. He served on the Defense Policy Board during President George W. Bush’s Administration and the Board of the National Center for Counter-Terrorism during President Barack Obama’s Administration.
 
Dr. Adelman has served on the board of Trustees of Freedom House, was a translator for the late Muhammad Ali during “The Rumble in the Jungle” in Africa, was a professor of Shakespeare at Georgetown University, and author of six books, most recently, Reagan at Reykjavik: Forty-Eight Hours that Ended the Cold War.  That story, of the historic superpower summit in Iceland in 1986, is being turned into an HBO feature film starring Michael Douglas as President Reagan.

Mr. Kevin Mahoney

Mr. Kevin Mahoney has served as one of our Directors since January 2015 and is the Company’s Lead Director. Mr. Mahoney is currently a Corporate Director and previously held a number of senior executive roles including President and Chief Executive Officer of the British Columbia Railway Company, Senior Vice President, Industrial Components for Wajax Limited and Vice President and General Manager, Customer Services for the Saskatchewan Power Corporation. Mr. Mahoney is also currently a Director of Universal Rail Systems Inc., and Chair of the Board of InTransit British Columbia GP Ltd. He previously served as Chair of the Board of Delta Hotels Limited, Chair of the Board of British Columbia Transit, Chair of the Board of SilverBirch Management Ltd. and was a Director of Universal Uranium Ltd.

Mr. Bob Seeman

Mr. Bob Seeman has been a Director of RIWI Corp. since 2009. Since 2001, Mr. Seeman has been Chief Executive Officer of Clera Inc., a neuroscience drug discovery and development company. Since September 2015, he has been a Director of Strong Intelligence Inc., an artificial general intelligence company. Since 2013, he has sat on the Advisory Board of Soft Trust Inc., a secure electronic message and file transfer service.

From 1999-2001, Mr. Seeman was a partner in Origin Strategy Inc., an international intellectual property consulting firm. From 1997-1998, Mr. Seeman was Head of Strategy for Microsoft Network UK in London, England. From 1996-1997, Mr. Seeman was a technical and regulatory expert for ICC advising The European Commission.

Mr. Seeman previously practiced administrative and regulatory law with Bull, Housser & Tupper.

He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science with Honours from the University of Toronto, a Master of Business Administration from EDHEC University in France, and a Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia. Mr. Seeman is a member of the California State Bar (non-practicing).

Ms. Amber Schaefer, Corporate Secretary

Ms. Amber Schaefer, our Company’s Corporate Secretary since February 2015, has more than 20 years of experience in legal administration. She holds a Paralegal Diploma from Capilano University and has been providing corporate secretarial, governance and securities compliance services to numerous public companies over the past 17 years. Prior to joining RIWI Corp., Ms. Schaefer held the position of Manager, Legal Affairs at Pan American Silver, and, until their purchase by third parties, served as Corporate Secretary for Lumina Copper and Anfield Nickel.‎