We just heard that Techvibes guest contributor and serial entrepreneur Harley Finkelstein is returning to Ottawa in July to join Shopify‘s team as their Director of Business Development & General Counsel.
Shopify is the marquee shopping cart system of the e-commerce industry, with over 5,000 stores currently operating on their platform.
The hire marks Shopify’s push for strong expansion and comes just weeks after winning OCRI/Exploriem’s Most Innovative New Bootstrap Business Model of the Year Award.
Finkestein is the founder of one of Canada’s leading promotional apparel companies, Finkinc. Additionally, Finkelstein serves as a mentor to the Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation (OCRI), sits on the financing committee for the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF), and is an advisor to both the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), and to the Ottawa Community Loan Fund (OCLF).
In 2007, Finkelstein co-founded Innoventure Capital, a seed financing firm that provides funding and strong mentorship to early-stage startups. Innoventure’s latest startup is Smoofer.com, which purports to be Canada’s leading online t-shirt shop. Harley recently received his law degree from the University of Ottawa, and completed his MBA at the school’s management faculty in the summer of 2009. He is also the co-founder of the school’s Law/MBA Student Society, and the ‘Canadian MBA Oath‘.
Finkelstein will continue working with one of Toronto’s leading business law firms focused on corporate finance and commercial law until he joins Shopify in July.