Shopify cancels annual Toronto event due to coronavirus concerns

Feb 28 2020, 9:07 am

Shopify Unite was scheduled to take place this May in Toronto, but the company has now cancelled the event citing concerns around coronavirus.

“Over the last two years, more than a thousand partners from all over the world have gathered in Toronto to hear about our vision for the future of commerce. Due to the evolving public health concerns around COVID-19, we’ve made a hard but necessary decision to cancel the in-person element of Shopify Unite this year,” read a brief statement on Shopify Unite’s website.

“We believe this is the best option to make sure we don’t put anyone’s health and safety at risk.”

In a statement, Jean-Michel Lemieux, Shopify’s Chief Technology Officer, also said the Shopify Pursuit event will be postponed as well.

“We know this decision impacts you and everyone in our global ecosystem, but the health and safety of our partners and employees is our greatest concern. We’re not willing to put anyone at risk by proceeding with our in-person events,” said Lemieux.

“Even in these difficult circumstances, we’re still fully committed to exploring the future of commerce together, and giving this community advanced access to our product roadmap.”

The annual conference brought together Shopify’s “global ecosystem,” and helped overcome the challenges in entrepreneurship for their 1 million merchants.

The second largest ecommerce retailer in the US, Shopify also used the platform to make product announcements, which will now be communicated on their website “in the coming weeks.”

Shopify Unite was scheduled to take place on May 6 to 8 at Evergreen Brick Works.