“I’m a proud Canadian entrepreneur, but I’m also a proud Montrealer,” says Harley Finkelstein, seen at C2 in Montreal on May 25, 2018.


John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette

Everyone is an entrepreneur.

At least, according to Harley Finkelstein.

“You are an entrepreneur if you see a problem and you choose to create a solution,” he said.

Finkelstein is the chief operating officer of Shopify, an Ottawa-based e-commerce company that provides a platform for businesses to open online stores and fulfill orders. Founded in 2004, Shopify supports more than 820,000 businesses in 175 countries. It is used by brands associated with some of the world’s biggest celebrities, including Kylie Jenner, Kanye West and Drake. Last year, the company’s total sales exceeded $40 billion.

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