Brennan Loh

Speaker


Brennan Loh

Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Shopify

Brennan Loh leads the teams responsible for building and managing the key strategic partnerships for Shopify, Canada’s #1 e-commerce retailing solution.  In his eye-opening presentations, Brennan discusses the inside story about Shopify’s growth and success; the future of e-commerce; and shares his unique insights into entrepreneurial lessons that aren’t taught in textbooks.

While attending the University of Ottawa, Brennan co-founded Avitu, an online advertising platform with two classmates. The company later shared office space with Shopify, allowing a collaborative partnership to form where best practices and business strategies were shared. Eventually, Brennan and his partners left Avitu behind to join Shopify exclusively.

When Brennan started at Shopify in early 2011, 40 employees were working out of a cramped Ottawa office on a product that had yet to be in high demand. Today, Shopify is a publicly-traded company with more than 1200 employees across four offices and in 2015 led Canada’s most successful IPO. Shopify represents over 275,000 businesses in 150 countries, including Tesla Motors, Budweiser, Wikipedia, LA Lakers, the New York Stock Exchange, GoldieBlox, and many more.

In addition to his work with the company, Brennan serves as a mentor and advisor to a number of entrepreneurial and student associations across Canada, including the Entrepreneurs Club at the University of Ottawa.

He graduated from the Telfer School of Management in 2011.


Shopify: The Next Big Thing

When Brennan Loh started at Shopify in early 2011, 40 employees were working out of a cramped Ottawa office on a product that had yet to be in high demand. In 2015, Shopify led Canada’s most successful IPO in recent history and today represents over 200,000 businesses in 150 countries. In this presentation Brennan shares the inside story about Shopify’s growth and success.

The Future of Commerce

Five years ago, having an ecommerce enabled website was a competitive advantage for a small business. Today, consumers expect far more from their online shopping experience: Amazon has made 2-day delivery the norm, mobile represents over 50% of website visitors, even paying for a purchase with Bitcoin. In this presentation, Brennan Loh explores how businesses need to adapt in order to meet the shopping demands of tomorrow.

Lessons from Beyond the Textbook

Post-secondary learning presents a great growth opportunity for students; however most limit their experience to textbooks and the classroom. In this presentation, Brennan Loh shares his personal journey to becoming his school’s most accomplished C-average student.