Neil Seeman is Founder and Chairman of RIWI Corp. He was the CEO of RIWI from the Company’s inception until September 2021. As well as being non-executive Chairman of the Company, Neil works on new product strategy, research and development, and special projects for RIWI. Neil invented RIWI’s core intellectual property. He is the author or co-author of hundreds of articles in major media around the world, more than 25 peer-reviewed journal papers and several books and monographs. Prior to RIWI, he was Founder and Executive Director of the Innovation Cell. Neil’s career began at a full-service Canadian law firm, later becoming a founding editorial board member of The National Post, and In-House Counsel on constitutional matters to the National Citizen’s Coalition serving under former Prime Minister Stephen Harper. At IBM Canada, Neil specialized in commercial applications of online sentiment data. He founded the Canadian Statistical Assessment Service and has been an angel investor and advisor to many Web data firms. He has taught on healthcare and informatics issues at Ryerson University and is currently a Massey College Senior Fellow teaching on knowledge transfer and the Web at the University of Toronto. Neil has held research positions in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine and has been listed in the Canadian Who’s Who since 2002. In April 2021, Neil was promoted to the position of Senior Fellow in the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, in The Dalla Lana School of Public Health. He is also Senior Academic Advisor to the Investigative Journalism Bureau at The Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Neil holds a bachelor’s degree from Queen’s University, a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard.
Neil’s globally recognized research is in the field of infodemiology – a growing area of Internet research that guided Neil to develop RIWI’s core technology to track the H1N1 virus to improve understanding of how different online populations behave and react during a pandemic. Neil’s foundational work in infodemiology, for which he invented the concepts of “online counter-marketing” and postpartisanship for public health and policy decision-making, has been applied by decision-makers in different fields to make sense of how people in all countries produce, consume and understand information and misinformation on the Web that can be collected and analyzed in near real-time.