Shopify is bulking up its presence and workforce on Canada’s west coast with a plan to hire 1,000 people in Vancouver and open its first permanent office there.
Techcouver broke the news yesterday that the e-commerce darling would be expanding in Vancouver and taking over 90,000 square feet at 1055 Dunsmuir Street.
This morning the Ottawa-based company confirmed that it will start hiring a team that includes backend developers, data engineers, mobile developers, web developers, product designers and product managers for a new four-floor, 6,500-square metre office space set to open by late 2020.
The company settled on Vancouver because it sees the city as a talent hub and conducive for growth, said Lynsey Thornton, Shopify’s vice-president of UX, who will lead the new office.
“To get to that (1,000) number, it will take a couple of years, but it’s our intention to make a long-term commitment to the city,” she said. “We feel we have the capacity and the brand name and the amount of product work to do that.”