Mr. 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, responsible for raising the Company’s seed financing from founding shareholders Ross Beaty, OC, and Robert Pirooz, QC, and, post-listing on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE: RIW), from a leading New York-based hedge fund, and from other high-net worth investors. As CEO, Neil leads overall strategy for the company globally, with a focus on healthcare and international security solutions. Mr. Seeman is also 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 is also Senior Advisor in online counter-marketing to the Blackstone Law Group LLP, the New York and Washington, DC-based law firm that provides information security, compliance, cyber vulnerability assessments, and related investigative services to global institutions.
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. Eric Meerkamper joined RIWI in March 2012. As Global Head of Citizen Engagement and an Officer with RIWI Corp., he structures global data partnerships and strategic alignments with multilateral organizations, governments, universities, think tanks, and civil society organizations around the world. He frequently speaks at global conferences on leveraging innovation in citizen-generated data for increasing global social and development impact.
Mr. Meerkamper has over 25 years experience in global insights generation and emerging technologies, including previously as President and co-owner of one of the world’s first companies to develop and apply online research methodologies.
Eric holds a degree in International Political Science from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from the Ivey Business School. He is the co-founder and past Chair of the Centre for Social Innovation, and past Chair of the Daily Bread Food Bank.
Daniel Im, CPA, CA, JD, was appointed Chief Financial Officer of RIWI on July 31, 2017. Mr. Im is an experienced finance executive and lawyer with an extensive background in financial reporting, regulatory compliance, internal control and corporate finance activities for public and private companies. Prior to joining RIWI as CFO, Mr. Im served as Vice President and Controller of Pet Valu Canada Inc. and prior to that held the position of CFO of Adriana Resources Inc. (now renamed Sprott Resource Holdings Inc. after their business combination). He practiced as a securities lawyer at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP and has held various positions at Deloitte LLP over a span of 10 years. Mr. Im holds a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School and holds a Master of Accounting from the University of Waterloo. He has also been a Director and on the Audit Committee of Geodrill Ltd (TSX: GEO) since March 2012.
Mr. Alton Ing joined RIWI Corp. as Chief Technology Officer in 2009. He leads software development, global data collection, network infrastructure, data processing, data integration, data security and data integrity for all of RIWI’s multi-country data capture projects.
Prior to prototyping the RIWI system for academic research in 2009, and thereafter joining The RIWI Corporation as CTO, Alton held senior management roles both in early-stage and mature technology companies. He began his electrical engineering career at Tectrol Inc., a hardware company providing critical parts to the computer network industry worldwide; followed by Ford Motor Company, where he practiced statistical process control for quality improvement. He also conducted IT projects at ICBC, one of the largest insurance companies in North America. Alton specializes in software development and network infrastructure. His implementation experience includes ERP, data warehousing, analytics, complex web applications, system integration and architecture.
In the field of domain name system (DNS) technology, Alton served as a VP of engineering for a global advertising company that “owns the Internet” (CNN and Business 2.0 Cover Story, June 2007). Alton managed IT team growth from 15 to 50 personnel through re-organization into product focused teams and process-driven methodologies. Previously, Alton was Director of Information Technology for a global logistics company leading a technical team of 20 people with offices in Canada, China and Malaysia.
He holds a bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Eng. Science from the University of Toronto.
Danielle Goldfarb joined RIWI Corp. as Head, Global Research in 2018. She leads the development of RIWI’s global research strategy. This includes developing new insights that leverage RIWI’s data, as well as developing new applications for RIWI technology. Danielle works across all of RIWI’s thematic areas, with a focus on developing information products that matter for global decision makers. Danielle’s expertise is in global trade and global economic issues, and a key area of focus at RIWI is developing meaningful trackers of change in China.
Before joining RIWI, Danielle held senior economic research roles at several think tanks. Most recently, she was a research director and senior fellow specializing in global commerce at the Conference Board of Canada, Canada’s largest applied research organization. Prior to that, she led trade and trade policy research at the C.D. Howe Institute.
Maclean’s magazine called Danielle one of Canada’s top trade experts. Danielle has published many evidence-based media commentaries and over 45 peer-reviewed research papers spanning topics from globalization and NAFTA to impacts of new technologies and international development. She regularly provides advice to business and government leaders on global trade and global economic and technological change.
Danielle has an M.Phil. in International Relations from Cambridge University and a B.Comm. in Honours Economics from McGill University.