Risk Perception and Communication

Understanding how people perceive risk is important for effective risk communication.

Communicating evidence-based information that instills confidence and ensures understanding, saves lives and livelihoods.

RSI provides risk communication and perception services

Special Announcement:
New for 2020

RSI is pleased to announce the launch of a new Master Class. The RSI Risk and Crisis Communication Master Class and Boot Camp is a unique, advanced course designed to provide risk communicators with an entirely new toolkit.

The combination of Master Class and Boot Camp is unique and will, forever, change the way you communicate risk.

Special Offer:
In honor of our first responders

In honor of all those who have worked tirelessly during the COVID pandemic, for a limited time, in addition to our regular discounts, RSI is offering the master classes free of charge to all those working for a ‘First Responder’ organization. That’s a value of ±USD $1495 per class, offered free!


What is Risk Perception and Communication?

Private and public organizations, use risk communication techniques to inform their constituents of a risk. Organizations use these same methods to mitigate the uncertain consequences of any communication. In short, when a message is critical, risk communication of the highest order is paramount.

In both cases, understanding audience perception is key.

Risk Sciences International appreciates the importance of risk perception and communication in an era of uncertainty.

The stakes are indeed high when communicating adverse events. Imagine the responsibility of mounting a campaign against vaping to consumers convinced that it is safer than smoking. How important is it to prevent distracted driving? It might be something more time-sensitive like a chemical spill or an approaching hurricane. Something as long-term as setting up a provincial or state level risk communication strategy requires expertise and commitment as well. All responsible risk communicators must understand that some messages have an inherently razor thin margin of error, that whether or not the message is communicating a risk per se, an ill-conceived message and dissemination strategy can cause harm if it is misinterpreted or distorted.

At its best, risk communication must be based on accurate and verifiable scientific or technical sources. Risk communication professionals are not in the business of disseminating hearsay, pretense, or falsehoods. Simultaneously, effective risk communication strategies and messages are built on an accurate assessment of the target audience. As expected, a message can do harm when its originators misinterpret audience needs, expectations or perception.

Who benefits from Risk Perception and Communication?

RSI offers risk communication and perception services to a wide spectrum of clients. Unlike some of RSI’s more targeted services, risk perception and communication techniques are used by all sectors, including governments, multi-stakeholder organizations, civil society writ large, businesses, academic institutions, and even individuals.

At some point in every organization’s life, there is a need to communicate in a manner that requires a risk perception and communication toolkit and skill set – RSI is here to be of service.

RSI assists in risk perception and communication from the highest level of leadership, through to the technical departments of both private and public organizations.

D.H. Lawrence

"Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot."

by D.H. Lawrence

The Service

RSI's Risk Perception and Communication offer, broadly

RSI risk perception and communication services range from target audience research to the ex-post-facto assessment of a campaign, and every concept, design and production step in between.

The full range of services from emergency, consultative input to long-term development, production, dissemination and implementation

RSI experts are regularly hired for long-term, in-depth, scientific and research projects, but they are also called upon at a moment’s notice for last-minute, emergency consultations. A pandemic requires immediate attention as was the case when RSI was asked to provide advice to the Canadian Government on COVID-19. RSI experts were hired by UN-Habitat for a longer term, strategic plan to create and launch the World Urban Campaign.

In both cases – short-term emergencies and longer-term strategic work — RSI senior experts were hired for their knowledge and RSI’s ability to deliver results. Whether for a chemical spill that required on-the-spot risk communication output or a long-planned merger between two international organizations, RSI’s risk perception and communication expertise was critical and is available to you.

RSI's Risk Perception and Communication offer, in detail

Risk Perception

Either as part of a comprehensive communication campaign, or as a stand-alone service, RSI’s risk perception offer is unique. It is built on a perception model that takes into account human hardwiring, imprinting, interference and effect. This model allows RSI experts to evaluate the potential impact of a message, a situation, even a space, on a potential audience or user. Beyond this analysis, RSI offers traditional interrogatory services including, but not limited to, surveys, feedback sessions and one-on-one interviews.

The ultimate goal is to decipher the impact of an existing or planned message, and what changes, if any, are necessary to accomplish an outcome and sway a decision. A simple example of perception analysis is that of a fire alarm. How effective is it? Does it spark the reflex to get out of the building immediately? Does it work equally on all, or do different categories of people interpret the urgency differently? A more complex example is the perception analysis of a multi-country, long-term public health campaign.

Understanding how people perceive a simple alarm sound, or an extremely abstract and complex message, is what RSI does. In the end, the greater the desire to understand one’s audience, the greater the chances of delivering an effective risk communication message.

Risk Communication

First and foremost, RSI offers risk communication services grounded in science. Unlike a traditional communication agency, the creative process serves science, fact, and real-world consequences, not the other way around. RSI has an in-house creative team and is able to offer a full-service risk communication package.

Another feature that sets RSI apart is its passion for communication goals. Communicating without an impactful goal makes for wasted effort. Communication without a goal is art, not a calculated means of informing a constituency. RSI goes to great lengths to define client goals so that messaging can meet those goals. Anecdotally, we use a metaphor: the champagne glass. Which is better, a crystal flute or a hard, plastic cup? Neither is better, but each is best at a given function, or goal. If you are going camping, you will need something rugged — the goal — hence the plastic cup will serve you better.

Subsequent to the setting of goals is the need for an in-depth analysis of the intended audience. Using its multi-decade experience in psychographics and human behavior, RSI is able to tailor messaging to its audience’s perception filters.

The RSI offer also includes the substantive and technical aspects of communication including scientific writing, editing and translation, design, photography, video, print management, and dissemination. When appropriate, monitoring and evaluation can be generated internally within RSI or, if required, by an objective third party. RSI staff are also well versed with new media, including engagement platforms. RSI experts launched their first platform in 1993 – in the very early days of the World Wide Web – on behalf of a large, multi-stakeholder organization based in Geneva, Switzerland.

RSI Risk Perception and Communication: the perfect combination of communications skills and evidence-based counsel

RSI is focused on its ability to provide the scientific expertise needed to write and edit evidence-based content. Daniel Krewski, Chief Risk Scientist at RSI, says: “Over the past decade, RSI has been sought after for its commitment to accurate, unbiased, evidence-based information. Our client’s feedback confirms that our scientific resources are well-suited to support their communication needs.” Indeed, in-house RSI staff have extensive experience in externally-oriented science writing and document development, both for public and private sector clients. This includes the skills needed to deliver technical details to the non-technical public, as well as selecting and preparing background content and graphics to support the understanding of details on complex concepts, processes, or technology. Importantly, beyond its internal capabilities, RSI’s Associate Experts deliver expertise across all RSI sectors of activity. The combined knowledge of staff and associates, ranges from public health to urban infrastructure allowing RSI to craft sector-relevant, audience-sensitive communication.

What are the benefits of Risk Perception and Communication?

Clients, their stakeholders, and the broader community, benefits from the thoughtful deliver of audience-relevant information.

Clients benefit by providing relevant and accessible information, building trust with their audience. The opposite is true when organizations do not put forth pertinent information. Trust is far more easily broken than it is regained.

Stakeholders benefit in that they have everything to gain from an organization’s commitment to truth and transparency. Whether that stakeholder is an employee, a client, an investor, a franchisee, a member, or a donor, telling the truth to the outside world means that they can expect as much. All stakeholders feel disappointed and untrustful when an organization they work for or with, betrays the public trust. Transparency demonstrates trustworthiness and shared values, rewarding them for their trust in the client’s organization.

While risk perception and communication helps organizations, what matters more is it ultimately saves lives and livelihoods.

Finally, governments and citizens at large, are also appreciative of this transparency in that it validates their own commitment to it. Democratically-elected countries are built on open governance, a free press, and honest leaders. As for the broader community, it stands to gain from any messages that inform a general, or specific, risk concern. Evidence-based messaging impacts their lives and livelihoods directly.

In short, the strength of risk communication is to empower its audience to better understand, anticipate, and respond to risk; marketing and promotion per se, are not the goals.

What can you expect?

Risk Perception

Organizations might want or need to know how a specific message is perceived. Or, they may want and need to know how their entire organization is perceived. Regardless of the extent and depth of the work done, RSI delivers a comprehensive report including recommendations to inform a subsequent communication strategy. That report is usually accompanied by an in-person (or virtual) presentation of the report.

Of note, though the report will follow RSI’s NCI rule (Necessary Critical Information), project leaders are sensitive to a client’s need. Reports can be tailored dependent upon distribution needs — for instance, a report to the Board of Directors will likely differ from one for technical communication staff.

Whatever the format of the report, a perception analysis seeks to focus on the perception side of the formula, not the communication side. The goal is to provide a set of recommendations to create, or modify, a message or campaign to better suit the needs of the targets.

Risk Communication

Risk communication usually results in two types of deliverables.

An RSI risk communication contract usually calls for the delivery of a communication product per se: a message, a tool, a campaign… Alternatively, a risk communication contract may call for a set of recommendations, in which case the report is the output.

RSI is also able to research, compile, and prepare the substantive content that fuels a campaign. Clients regularly ask RSI experts to work with evidence-based subject matter. If a client needs to make a scientific argument for the safety of an ingredient, or conversely of the danger of a social habit, RSI can substantiate and compose the evidence-based message that will support the claim.

Whatever the form, RSI deliverables are subject to the strictest editorial and scientific quality control. While not all mistakes can be avoided, the risk associated with making mistakes is not lost on RSI. No matter how urgent, or perhaps because risk communication is usually so, RSI has adopted a stringent internal review process.

What is our expertise in Risk Perception and Communication?

RSI expertise spans the full spectrum of risk perception and communication needs both on the scientific and the creative/production/dissemination side.

…in-house communication professionals with decades of experience delivering impactful campaigns worldwide

Issue-wise, RSI experts can speak with authority to a broad range of topics and related scientific subjects. In-house and associate experts include women and men with decades of experience in government, industry, scientific research, and academia.

As for perception knowledge, RSI has internal expertise in psychographics, perception modeling, audience outreach, and participatory feedback.

On the communication side, RSI has staff, also with decades of experience, in producing and managing grassroots to global communication campaigns. The output ranges from internal reports, to multiple full-length television documentaries, and hundreds of international humanitarian, development, environmental campaigns. On the corporate side, RSI experts have advised international airports, wide-circulation media, industrial firms, and large retail chains.

In conclusion, both as a company, and through the collective experience of its staff, RSI has offered its risk perception and communication expertise to a diverse spectrum of clients. It continues to do so with diligence and with a deep appreciation of the responsibility it has to deliver meaningful messaging.

A world informed by evidence is a world better able to both understand, prepare for, and respond to uncertainty and the unexpected. Keeping people in the dark or misinforming them is a lose-lose proposition.

Risk Perception and Communication Ancillary Services and Tools

Beyond its broader Risk Perception and Communication offer, Risk Sciences International offers specialized services and tools. Each was initially delivered at a client's request, before being integrated into RSI's regular offering.

Risk and Crisis Communication Master Class and Boot Camp: a timed challenge

Risk and Crisis Communication Master Class and Boot Camp

You have worked in risk communication for years. You understand that risk communication saves lives and livelihoods. Maybe you oversaw a public health emergency campaign, or your company traversed a turbulent labor dispute that required messsaging with both information and empathy, maybe as mayor you dealt with a mass casualty event or pandemic response. Risk communication is ubiquitous. Governments, civil society, and business, need it. Sometimes you have time to prepare, other times you do not, and every time you are expected to get it right. So, what can we teach you that you do not already know? How can we take you to the next level?

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RSI's risk-sensitive approach to engagement and consultation platforms

Engagement & Consultation Platform

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Proxy External Relations

Organizations can become overwhelmed. Suddenly, there is a need for a strong internal relations effort. Often, companies and institutions do not have the requisite staff, either in quantity or training, to face the toughest crises. Or, a larger organization may be caught short handed due to illness or vacancy. Either way, Risk Sciences International is able to provide a temporary scaling up of external relations staff that is specifically trained for delicate and critical circumstances.

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International Messaging

All communicators and marketers worry about the meaning of words, phrases, and images used across borders. They rarely mean the same thing. This is especially true and critical in the case of risk communication. One cannot risk a misunderstanding or, worse, an offensive meaning or tone. Message internationalization involves the ability to adapt risk messaging across cultural, educational, and language divides.

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RSI creates risk and crisis ready television studios

Managed In-house Video Studio

Years ago, setting up an in-house video studio was a very costly proposition requiring a high degree of technical mastery. Today, a video studio can be set up for very little investment, in-house staff are often able to operate the camera(s) and do minor edits, and the space required is minimal. A managed in-house video studio consists of a decorated or green screen studio, usually in the 10 to 40 square meter range (100 to 400 square feet), with one or two cameras, three to five LED lights, one or two microphones, probably a modest teleprompter, and a properly equipped computer. For those who wish to have a more complete installation, the investment is not more than a factor of 2 or 3 extra.

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Risk Perception and Communication Case Studies

RSI Staff Case Studies listed here are examples, but by no means the limits, of RSI work in Risk Perception and Communication. These are included here to provide prospective clients with a first glance into the type of work that RSI staff are qualified and able to deliver.

Risk communication project at Geneva International Airport

Geneva International Airport

Geneva International Airport was concerned that its signage was become problematic. Not only was it aesthetically overwhelming after decades of revisions and additions, it was becoming a safety risk with incidents resulting from misreading of cryptic graphics and conflicting directional arrows. In addition, the airport was suffering from traffic pattern issues, both for automobiles outside…

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RSI's Cemil Alyanak undertook a complete analysis of the International Herald Tribune

International Herald Tribune

The original mandate aimed to find a new direction for the world renowned International Herald Tribune just as both the World Wide Web was in its infancy, and the newspaper faced increased competition from international and regional editions of established newspapers and magazines such as The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, and The Financial Times.

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RSI has worked extensively with nuclear authorities

Nuclear Power Reactor Licensing

RSI was tasked with providing scientific advice and content for a nuclear power reactor licensing process in an OECD country. The nuclear safety commission in question regulates and licenses all nuclear reactors in the country, and requires a full scope of technical information for licensing processes. This commission also expects that these documents are written…

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Risk management project by RSI's Cemil Alyanak while in Tajikistan

International Organization for Migration

Under the supervision of Director Purcell and his cabinet, the six-month project began with an internal review of attitudes, projects, responsibilities and management reporting lines. The work uncovered multiple inconsistencies and inefficiencies. What’s more, there were very real risk consequences at the operational level.

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RSI studies health risks of smoke

Communicating health risks of smoke

Environment and Climate Change Canada, with Health Canada, wanted to understand perceptions of the health risks from smoke from wildfires and from residential burning (winter heating using wood stoves, and fireplaces), and public health communication approaches and messages used in these contexts. This information would support revisions of the health messages used in the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI). The AQHI expresses the health risk associated with three common urban air pollutants, and is calculated at monitoring stations in communities across Canada to inform the public of the risk level of current local air quality conditions.

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RSI Clients and Stakeholders


Gov & IGO

Federal, regional and local government authorities and international/multilateral organizations including the United Nations and UN Agencies: 

  1. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC)
  2. Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES)
  3. Agriculture - Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
  4. Alberta Health and Wellness Services
  5. Arctic Aquatic Research Division
  6. Australian Food Safety Centre (FSC)
  7. Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Waste
  8. BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC)
  9. BC Ministry of Environment (BCMoE)
  10. BC Ministry of Transport (BCMoT)
  11. Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
  12. Canadian Heritage (PCH)
  13. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) of FDA
  14. Central Research Institute of Japan
  15. China Institute for Radiation Protection
  16. Chinese Center for Disease Control & Prevention
  17. City of Barrie
  18. City of Calgary
  19. City of Kingston
  20. City of Mississauga
  21. City of Ottawa
  22. City of Toronto
  23. Community of Federal Regulators (CFR)
  24. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
  25. Credit Valley Conservation Authority (CVCA)
  26. Crown Indigenous and Northern Affairs (CIRNA)
  27. Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC)
  28. Dene First Nation
  29. Department of Finance Canada (FIN)
  30. Department of Health, UK
  31. Department of Justice Canada (JUS)
  32. Department of National Defence (DND)
  33. Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC)
  34. Environmental Commission of Ontario (ECO)
  35. European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
  36. European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)
  37. European Free Trade Agreement (EFTA)
  38. European Union (EU)
  39. Fisheries & Oceans Canada (DFO)
  40. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
  41. Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI)
  42. GIZ
  43. Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
  44. Global Observatory for eHealth (WHO)
  45. Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health (WHO)
  46. Government of New Brunswick (GNB)
  47. Government of Northwest Territories (GNWT)
  48. Greater Vancouver Regional District
  49. Green Cross International (GCI)
  50. Health Canada (HC)
  51. Homeland Security Centers of Excellence (HS-Centers) of U.S. Dept of Homeland Security.
  52. Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)
  53. Industry Canada (IC)
  54. International Agency for Research on Cancer (WHO)
  55. International AIDS Society (IAS)
  56. International Air Transport Association (IATA)
  57. International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  58. International Labour Organization (ILO)
  59. International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  60. International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
  61. International Social Security Association (ISSA)
  62. International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
  63. Japan Atomic Energy Agency
  64. Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
  65. Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
  66. Measurement Canada (MC)
  67. MetroLinx
  68. National Centre for Food Protection & Defense (NCFPD) Homeland Security Center of Excellence)
  69. National Research Council Canada (NRC)
  70. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
  71. New Brunswick Government (GNB), Dept. of Environment and Local Government
  72. Northern Ontario Public Services
  73. Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA)
  74. Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPCC)
  75. Ontario Association for Impact Assessment (OAIA)
  76. Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR)
  77. Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure
  78. Ontario Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change (OMECC)
  79. Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
  80. Public Health England (PHE)
  81. Public Safety Canada (PSC)
  82. Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
  83. Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC)
  84. Regional Municipality of Durham
  85. Regional Municipality of Waterloo
  86. RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment
  87. Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership (WHO)
  88. Spectrum Management and Telecommunications - Industry Canada
  89. Statistics Canada (StatCan)
  90. Stop TB Partnership
  91. Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA)
  92. Tobacco Free Initiative TFI (WHO)
  93. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
  94. Toronto Public Health (TPH)
  95. Transport Canada (TC)
  96. Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada (TBS)
  97. UN Watch
  98. UN-Habitat
  100. United Nations (UN)
  101. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  102. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  103. United Nations Human Rights (OHCHR)
  104. United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
  105. United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR)
  106. United Nations Volunteers
  107. Universal Postal Union (UPU)
  108. UNplus
  109. US Army Natick Soldier RD&E Center - Combat Feeding Directorate (DFAS)
  110. US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  111. US Dept of Homeland Security (DHS)
  112. US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  113. US Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
  114. USAID Office of Transitional Initiatives
  115. USDA Agricultural Research Service - Eastern Regional Research Center (ARS-ERRC)
  116. USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)
  117. Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB)
  118. World AIDS Day (WAD)
  119. World Alliance for Patient Safety (WHO)
  120. World Health Day (WHO)
  121. World Health Organization (WHO)
  122. World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA)
  123. World Trade Organization (WTO)
  124. World Urban Campaign (WUC)
  125. World Water Day (WHO)


Non-governmental organizations, other civil society organizations, as well as private-public partnerships that RSI has either served or partnered with:

  1. 4TRANSIT Joint Venture
  2. Air and Waste Management Association (AWSA)
  3. Aluminium REACH Consortium (ARC)
  4. America Frozen Food Institute (AFFI)
  5. America Water Works Association (AWWA)
  6. Americal Chemistry Council (ACC)
  7. American Blood Centers
  8. American Cancer Society
  9. American Childhood Cancer Organization
  10. BioVision - World Life Sciences Forum
  11. Building and Wood Workers' International (BWI)
  12. Bureau de Normalization du Quebec
  13. Canadian Blood Services (CBS)
  14. Canadian Cattlemen's Association
  15. Canadian Climate Forum (CCF)
  16. Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI)
  17. Canadian Gas Association (CGA)
  18. Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC)
  19. Canadian Standards Association (CSA)
  20. Cancer Care Ontario (CCO)
  21. Center for Product Safety (CPS)
  22. Centre for Public Management
  23. Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics
  24. Children's National Medical Center
  25. Clarity Healthcare
  26. Clean Air Partnership
  27. Climate Risk Institute (CRI)
  28. Clinton Foundation
  29. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
  30. Conceptis Inc (WebMD)
  31. Council of Canadian Academies
  32. Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (EAA)
  33. Ecumenical Loan Funds For Human Development (ECLOF)
  34. Europa Donna, The European Breast Cancer Coalition
  35. European Aluminum Association (EAA)
  36. Fonterra Co-Operative Group
  37. Franciscans International (FI)
  38. Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
  39. Global Forum for Health Research (GFHR)
  40. Global Movement for Children (GMC)
  41. GRACE GmbH - SASforREACH Consortium
  42. ICF International Inc. (ICF)
  43. Institut de Radioprotection et de Sûreté
  44. Institute for Safe Medical Practices (ISMP)
  45. Institute for the Advancement of Food and Nutrition Sciences
  46. Institute of Food Research (IFR)
  47. International Aluminium Institute (IAI)
  48. International Bridges to Justice (IBJ)
  49. International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC)
  50. International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)
  51. International Copper Association (ICA)
  52. International Council on Mining and Metals Limited (ICMM)
  53. International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM)
  54. International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
  55. International Federation of University Women (IFUW)
  56. International Hospital Federation
  57. International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
  58. International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI)
  59. International Manganese Institute (IMnI)
  60. International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF)
  61. International Prevention Research Institute (IPRI)
  62. International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  63. International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
  64. ISGlobal Barcelona Institute for Global Health
  65. Joint Expert Meeting on Microbiological Risk Assessment (JEMRA) Tof FAO/WHO
  66. Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (JIFSAN) UMD-FDA
  67. Korea Institute of Radiological and Medical Sciences
  68. Livestock Innovation Research Corporation (LRIC)
  69. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
  70. Medicines Patent Pool (MPP)
  71. Mining Innovation, Rehabilitation, and Applied Research Corporation (MIRARCO)
  72. Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)
  73. National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
  74. National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  75. National Pork Board
  76. Netherlands Cancer Institute
  77. Northern Climate Exchange (NCE)
  78. Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO)
  79. Oak foundation
  80. Ontario Power Generation (OPG)
  81. Ontario Regional Climate Change Consortium (ORCCC)
  82. Organization of African First Ladies Against AIDS (OAFLA)
  83. PregMedic
  84. Public Services International (PSI)
  85. Radiation Effects Research Foundation
  86. Ramsar convention on wetlands
  87. Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  88. RTI International
  89. Science and Technology Center in Ukraine
  90. Small Arms Survey
  91. Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)
  92. South Carolina College of Pharmacy
  93. Standards Council of Canada (SCC)
  94. Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate ENSI
  95. The Aluminum Association (AA)
  96. Toronto Community Housing (TCH)
  97. Toxicology Excellence for Risk Assessment
  98. Trade Union Advisory Committee
  99. Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
  100. Union Network International (UNI)
  101. WaterSMART Solutions Ltd
  102. World AIDS Campaign (WAC)
  103. World Council of Churches (WCC)
  104. World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM)
  105. World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF International)
  106. World YWCA Young Women's Christian Association


Companies both large and small: 

  1. A-Maps Environmental Inc.
  2. AECOM Canada Limited
  3. Ajilon Consulting
  4. Arcelor
  5. Associated Engineering Alberta Ltd. (ASENG)
  6. BGC Engineering Inc.
  7. BMW Gmbh
  8. Bull Hausser and Tupper LLC
  9. Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz
  10. Canadian National (CN)
  11. Coca Cola Company
  12. Copp Clark Ltd.
  13. Crawford and Company Canada Inc
  14. CRDF Global
  15. Dillon Consulting Limited
  16. Dow Chemical Company
  17. Emdata Co. Ltd.
  18. Emmons & Olivier Resources Canada Inc. (EOR)
  19. Engineers Canada
  20. ESSA Technologies Ltd.
  21. Federated Press
  22. FNC Technology Co., Ltd.
  23. Geneva International Airport
  24. Hatch Limited
  25. Helmholtz Zentrum München
  26. Hydro Ottawa
  27. ICF International
  28. Intersol Group Ltd.
  29. Intertek Health Sciences Inc.
  30. IRIS Legal
  31. Japan Nus Company Ltd.
  32. King & Spalding
  33. Lakind Associates LLC
  34. Lansdowne Technologies
  35. Lapointe Engineering Ltd
  36. Lockheed Martin
  37. Lumina Decision Systems
  38. Manulife Financial Real Estate
  39. MARS Foods (China) Co. Ltd.
  40. Matrix Solutions Inc
  41. McCague Borlack LLP
  42. McCarthy Tetrault LLP
  43. Meat and Livestock Australia
  44. MITACS
  45. Mondelēz International
  46. Morrison Hershfield
  47. Moto Internationale
  48. Motosport Plus
  49. Nodelcorp Consulting Inc
  50. NORR
  51. Novel Futures Corporation
  52. NTNU Regnskapsseksjonen
  53. Phillips & Paolicelli LLP (P2Law)
  54. Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC)
  55. Querencia Partners Ltd.
  56. R.V. Anderson Associates Ltd
  57. Restaino Law Firm
  58. Rio Tinto
  59. RWDI Air Inc
  60. Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
  61. Social and Scientific Systems, Inc
  62. Stantec Consulting Ltd.
  63. Summit Toxicology LLP
  64. TetraTech Inc.
  65. Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited
  66. Torys LLP
  67. TriEdge & Associates
  68. Unilever
  69. Versar, Inc.
  70. WSP
  71. WSPA-Maps Environmental Inc.


Universities and research institutes that RSI has served or partnered with:

  1. Carleton University
  2. Dankook University
  3. Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal  
  4. George Washington University 
  5. Harvard University  
  6. International Prevention Research Institute (IPRI)
  7. International University of Health and Welfare, Tochigi, Japan
  8. Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  9. Keio University 
  10. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  11. McGill University
  12. McLaughlin Centre for Population Health
  13. Medizinische Hochschule Brandenburg Theodor Fontane
  14. Nagasaki University
  15. Oak Ridge Associated Universities 
  16. Ottawa Hospital Research Institute 
  17. Rutgers University
  18. Trent University 
  19. Universitätsmedizin Greifswald
  20. Université de Montréal 
  21. University of Alberta
  22. University of Bergen
  23. University of Calgary
  24. University of California, Berkeley
  25. University of California, San Francisco
  26. University of Guelph
  27. University of Korea 
  28. University of Manchester
  29. University of Maryland
  30. University of Melbourne
  31. University of Minnesota
  32. University of Ottawa 
  33. University of Pennsylvania
  34. University of Prince Edward Island
  35. University of Southern California
  36. University of Tasmania 
  37. University of Toronto
  38. University of Washington
  39. University of Windsor
  40. Vanderbilt University
  41. Yukon College

The list of organizations, companies, and governments above in no way denotes or implies support or endorsement by these entities. The list is intended as an indication of the breadth of work led and undertaken by Risk Sciences International staff.

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