Harley Finkelstein is an entrepreneur, lawyer, and the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Shopify, a leading global commerce company that powers more than one million businesses in over 175 countries. Aggregating the online sales of Shopify’s U.S. merchants, the company is now the second-largest retailer in the U.S., ahead of eBay and Walmart (source: eMarketer, 2019). Over $172 billion has been sold on Shopify and nearly 300 million consumers around the world purchased from a Shopify merchant in 2019 alone.

Harley is also an advisor to venture capital firm Felicis Ventures and is one of the featured “Dragons” on CBC TV’s Next Gen Den. He has served on the board of directors of the C100, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Recently, he received the Canadian Angel Investor of the Year Award, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, and was inducted into the prestigious Order of Ottawa.

Harley founded his first company at age 17 while a student at McGill University. He completed his law degree as well as his MBA at the University of Ottawa.