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Business Development,

Tourism & Hospitality Management

We are passionate about;

  • Providing oversight and leadership by focusing on key business drivers; people leadership, enhancing guests' experiences, service quality delivery, and stakeholders’ satisfaction 

  • Developing and executing marketing and business plans with tactical strategies

  • Building strong relationships to understand service gaps, guests' and business' needs

  • Consulting on developing efficiency, continuous improvement, and effectiveness

  • Providing in-house training (one-on-one and in groups) incorporating staff and guests’ feedback to minimize service gaps and improve and enhance deliverables

  • Advising on academic programs, course curriculum planning & development 

  • Providing feasibility and work-flow analyses, menu engineering and operations design

  • Identifying operational risks and developing plans to mitigate them

  • Creating, monitoring and measuring quality service audits, SOPs and KPIs 

  • Social media marketing, website development

  • Presenting deliverables, strategies and successful outcomes to stakeholders

Business Development,
Tourism & Hospitality Mgmt. Projects

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 District of Squamish Council and Sea to Sky Community Services Society
Select Committee Member for 
Social Development & Youth,
Steering Committee Representative for the Putting Children First Initiative,

Squamish, British Columbia

Laura Farquhar MBA provided timely guidance to the Sea to Sky Community Services Society (SSCSS) Directors and Squamish District Council of six (including the Mayor), and under their direction, Laura ensured that all policies, programs, and services were carried out effectively.

Laura kept an open line of communication with residents and businesses to ensure they were aware of major policies and initiatives being undertaken. She was responsible of ensuring that SSCS Directors and Squamish Council were provided with all relevant information necessary to make informed decisions pertaining to these two above appointments.

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Community Asset Mapping Consultant
Squamish & Whistler, British Columbia


Laura Farquhar MBA developed an inventory of the community’s strengths, a ranking of the most valued aspects of the community, and an understanding of the reasons why people place high value on various assets and resources in the community. 

Asset Mapping is a critical element of community development, as it engages people in the shaping of their community. Laura's research, development of reports and measurement tools, evaluations, and recommendations based on data collection and statistical analysis were published on the University of British Columbia – Human Early Learning Partnership website.

This information enabled strategies to be developed to build on the assets in order to sustain and enhance them for future generations to enjoy.

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Cheakamus Environmental Learning Centre 
Brackendale, British Columbia 

The Cheakamus Centre is a 850-square-metre (9000-square-foot) Environmental Learning Centre. The award-winning "tree-house" design features environmental principles such as geothermal water heating, a storm water harvesting system and other green innovations to conserve energy and reduce the centre's environmental footprint.

Laura provided guidance and input on the design, workflow and project management on this project.

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The Cheakamus Environmental Learning Centre,
North Vancouver Outdoor School

Brackendale, British Columbia

Established in 1969, The Cheakamus Centre is an overnight field school and environmental studies facility and Outdoor School located on 165 hectares (420 acres) of ecological reserve in Paradise Valley, Brackendale, British Columbia, Canada.


The Centre is owned by the North Vancouver School District (NVSD) and offers a range of environmental and Indigenous cultural programs to children, youth and adults from the NVSD, Sea-to-Sky corridor, and broader Metro Vancouver region. 

The Centre's educational programs support NVSD's vision of providing a rich diversity of engaging and innovative student-centred learning. Reflecting the district's commitment to providing leadership in outdoor place-based learning and sustainability practices, Cheakamus Centre values the opportunity to connect learners to the natural world, and inspire sustainable values and behaviours.


Laura thoroughly enjoyed her role as Cheakamus Centre Business Operations and Finance Management and Co-Administrator. She successfully completing a 3-year contract with The North Vancouver School District, and the Cheakamus Centre.

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Mona Lisa Cruise Ship, International Olympic Committee,
Squamish / Whistler, British Columbia

Farquhar Consultants were able to jump right in with their expertise and skills, and really help the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics (VANOC).


Laura aided in the leadership and management aboard the Mona Lisa Cruise Ship, and oversaw the logistics and execution of staff accommodations, bed rotation, and food services, boarding and departing and transportation.


Thomson as Senior Project Manager and Owner's representative for the International Olympic Committee, oversaw construction and property management of the Whistler Sliding Centre, Celebration Plaza and the International Broadcast Centre.


We are very proud to have been part of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games.

Quest University, International Olympic Committee,
Squamish, British Columbia

Laura loved facilitating the hospitality operations and services, and accommodations logistics and execution for the 2010 Vancouver Olympics at Quest University in Garibaldi Highlands, BC.

She enjoyed working with VANOC during the Olympics, and with Quest University during the 2010 Olympics, as well as during the University's construction and development stages.


We look forward to collaborating together on many more successful projects in the future.

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Golf and Country Clubs
Ontario & British Columbia, Canada

Clients often approach Farquhar Consultants with a general idea of what they need, and these projects were no different. With new openings like Furry Creek Golf and Country Club we were able to jump right in with our expertise and really help the company grow and evolve.

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Marinas & Yacht Clubs
Ontario & British Columbia, Canada

Farquhar Consultants has been successfully responsible for the hospitality management and associate development of yacht clubs in British Columbia and Ontario Canada.


Laura has consulted and volunteered on the Etobicoke Yacht Club and The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club and as Sailing and Cruising Captain and Social Committee member.

Thomson consulted and volunteered as Sailing and Cruising Captain and on the Etobicoke Yacht Club Board of Directors, as Director of Facilities, Lands.     


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Hotels & Resorts
Ontario & British Columbia, Canada & The Caribbean

Farquhar Consultants has overseen property development and construction management, leadership and operations management of events & venues, catering, food & beverage operations and services, staff selection, development & training for numerous properties, luxury hotels and resorts in the hospitality and tourism sector. By ensuring consistent and transparent communication, our clients were able to progress by leaps and bounds. 

Hospitality & Tourism Resorts
Whistler & Blackcomb Village British Columbia, Canada

Often times our clients have everything they need to succeed, they just require the resources and support to make a strategic jump. Farquhar Consultants construction management and business advisors worked on resort development, design, construction management projects, and business management and operations. The end results were truly spectacular! 

Cultural Food Tourism
The Caribbean and Canada

The strong links between tourism, hospitality, food and culture mean that cultural food tourism is one of the most intimate forms of cultural exchange that visitors can have. 

Farquhar Consultants in association with partners who support organizations that protect nature and wildlife, honor local cultures, and inspire action to deliver meaningful impact and Culinary Tourism experiences. Harvesting, preparing, and sharing food are each important parts of cultural revitalization and act as vehicles for intergenerational knowledge transfer.
Enhancing the experience and creating valued memories by focusing on joining the tourism experience with a local cultural experience. We share food, culture, tastes, and traditions. Local food paired with local wines, and craft beers set the table for a local culinary transformational tourism experience and food and beverage extravaganza! 

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