Lynsey Thornton

Lynsey Thornton

Lynsey Thornton is the Managing Director of US West at Shopify, helping to build commercial, sales, marketing, support, and PR for the company’s largest region. Lynsey previously spent a number of years as the General Manager of the Core product line, growing the engineers, product managers, and designers behind the company’s flagship product.

She has been the driving force behind the UX discipline at Shopify, credited with starting the UX Research practice, and leading Canada’s largest design team. 

Lynsey’s early career was forged in Ireland, amid a rapidly changing design industry. Working in gaming, she learned first hand how important customer insight was in creating digital products. When she moved to Canada in 2012, she was attracted to Shopify’s unconventional ways of working and joined them. In her 8+ years there the company has grown from 40k to over 1million customers.

You can find Lynsey mentoring young women in design and tech, helping build out Shopify’s presence on the west coast, and spending her weekends in nature in Sechelt, British Columbia.