LONDON, ON – January 21, 2020 — Northern Commerce is partnering with Fanshawe College to pioneer a new course on Shopify web development, a leading cloud-based, omni-channel commerce platform. The eight-week course will be available for free to second-year Interactive Media Design and Production (IDP) and Interactive Media Specialist (IMS) students, beginning January 23, 2020.

In the course, students will learn the fundamentals of building high-performing eCommerce websites using Shopify’s all-in-one commerce platform. The course will be taught by Northern Commerce front-end developers who build bespoke Shopify online storefronts for merchants, retailers, and manufacturers, including Nate Wiebe, 2018 Developer 30 Under 30 award recipient.

“Our goal is to ensure Fanshawe is at the academic forefront of the rapid evolution of tech platforms and the skills required to use them,” says Gilberto Murcia, VP Technology at Northern Commerce. “We’re helping these students build not just generalized web development skills, but the career-specific software skills that employers like us are looking for.”

The course aims to give students an immersive and hands-on look at the tools and platforms that are driving the eCommerce industry—like Shopify—before they start their careers. Headquartered and founded in Canada, Shopify powers over one million merchants in more than 175 countries and has generated over $135 billion in total sales since its launch in 2006.

“Our partnership with Northern Commerce is all about bridging the gap between college and our students’ first job,” says Justin Brunner, program coordinator at Fanshawe College. “This course gives students the opportunity to gain real-world experience on top of an accredited diploma.”

Interested IDP and IMS students may apply for this course by contacting Justin Brunner, Fanshawe College program coordinator.

Gil and Nate from Northern alongside Justin and Michelle from Fanshawe
Gil and Nate from Northern alongside Justin and Michelle from Fanshawe
Gil and Nate from Northern alongside Justin and Michelle from Fanshawe


Marika Tselonis
Digital Marketing Strategist, Northern Commerce

Joanna Dales
Corporate Communications Officer, Fanshawe College
519-452-4430 x4872


Headquartered in London, Ontario, Northern Commerce is a full-service digital agency that specializes in building high performing online retail experiences. Using a data-driven approach, Northern Commerce creates immersive marketing campaigns that guide consumers through their digital purchase journey. Northern Commerce’s implementations have processed billions in revenue and are used by hundreds of thousands of people every day through retailers, wholesalers, and service providers.


Fanshawe College is one of Ontario’s largest colleges, serving students with a promise to educate, engage, empower and excite. For more than 50 years, Fanshawe has been helping people unlock their potential and achieve success. The College opens up a world of possibilities by offering more than 200 degree, diploma, certificate and apprenticeship programs to students from more than 100 countries each year. Currently, Fanshawe will launch eight programs next year including: Animation; Aircraft Structural Repair (international only); Cannabis Applied Science; Commercial Flight and Aviation Leadership; Professional Butchery Techniques; Sport and Event Marketing; Technical Systems Analysis (international only); and 911 and Public Safety Communications.