Ford Fusion Startup Lab: Meet the Hot Vancouver Influencers Taking Part in the Competition

By now, you should have heard about the nationwide competition that has the country’s hottest startups buzzing.

And if you haven’t, take this opportunity to emerge from the rock you’ve been hiding under and get ready for the race of the year.

‘Cause on November 14, four teams in Vancouver competed for $10,000 to fund their startup businesses and we captured all the ups, downs, and LOL moments on camera. Think, The Amazing Race meets Dragons’ Den for Canadian entrepreneurs.


Naturally, the stakes were high and in order to inspire, encourage, and educate the 4 finalists, we had some of Vancouver’s hottest influencers come along for the ride. We handcrafted challenges with each of these influencers, who guided and scored teams as they competed in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Meet the Vancouver influencers who brought their drive and determination to the race. And make sure to check out all the participating teams (and pick your favourite).

Stay tuned for the full 3-episode web series launching on November 27th.

Stephen Bailey
After completing an MBA at McGill and enjoying a brief stint on the agency side, Stephen has since been on client side for the last 11 years, charged with telling the world about John Fluevog’s unique soles for unique souls. In that time, the company has surpassed expectations at every level and is currently celebrating its 45th anniversary. Stephen launched a fashion accessories line called Cursor & Thread three years ago with his wife, with whom he also has two horrible children.


Brittany Whitmore
Entrepreneur and Marketing specialist, Brittany currently serves as Communications and Community Manager for Procurify and this past summer organized Vancouver’s first TEDxWomen (TEDxGastownWomen). She also recently co-founded the Virtual Reality Film Festival which will take place in 2016.


Hussein Hallak
Serial entrepreneur, keynote speaker, business author, growth marketer, startup mentor, lean strategist, and breakthrough coach with 24+ years of business experience, Hussein Hallak has been a busy man. He’s worked with Fortune 500 companies and World’s Top 100 Brands, been featured in Forbes, BBC, Entrepreneur, VancityBuzz, and Roundhouse Radio. Hussein currently serves as Director of Strategy and Marketing at 3 Tier Logic, a shopper marketing gamification and engagement technology public company based in Vancouver. He is also the co-founder of Breakthrough Inc., a growth acceleration business consultancy.


Manny Padda
Manny is an Entrepreneur, Educator, Angel Investor, and Philanthropist based in Vancouver, B.C. He is the founder of New Avenue Capital, a global firm focusing on four fundamental pillars: Venture Capital, Recruitment, Private Lending & Real Estate, and Social Venture & Philanthropy. He is also the Founder and current Managing Director of two large-scale recruitment firms, PM Search Partners and KeyStep Recruitment.