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Marguerite Laquinte Francis,
the Principal of MLF Event Architecture, is a registered architect with varied experience in the sports / recreation, retail, healthcare and commercial building industries.

Most of her career has been with large, multi-disciplinary design teams working to meet the needs of client groups that are equally complex and diversified.

Her attention to detail, willingness to learn, ability to listen, distill and respond to the needs of others have been her greatest assets when managing projects.

Together with our network of consultants we bring the experience of having planned and operated venues from many of the major international events held in the last 15 years.

Based on our work with temporary structures the practice is increasingly moving towards the design and study of fabric architecture and the logistics around post-disaster response.

SOME OF THE PROJECTS WE’VE WORKED ON:

Fox Sports Broadcast Pavilion

Architect-of-Record for the construction of a temporary broadcast facility for Fox Sports’ coverage of the FIFA 2015 Womens World Cup

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Designed and prepared concepts for room layouts

Prepared overlay, operations + tent permit drawings

Scheduled, coordinated and managed suppliers and vendors

Managed Budget

Supervised staff and volunteers

Contract negotiation
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VANCOUVER 2010 OLYMPIC + PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES

Venue Overlay + Site Management

Planning + design of several venues most notably – the hockey competition and training venues, Olympic family hotels and the Airport venue

Coordination of consultants, contractors, technicians, media, venue owners and sports managers and staff

Budget management, construction scheduling

Project Management

SEAWHEEZE HALF-MARATHON
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Venue Manager (2015)
Sunset Festival (2013-2014)
Start/Finish + Celebration Area (2012)

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Site design + operational layout

Procurement + contract negotiation

Load-in and teardown schedules

Event permit applications

Managed venue team of staff + volunteers
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2009 WORLD POLICE + FIRE GAMES

Overlay Consultant + Asset Disposal Management

Drafted venue plans

Consulted on event overlay

Managed post-games logistics

Orchestrated disposal of all games’ assets

Marguerite is a professional with a true passion for special events and a skill set and dedication rarely found in this industry. Her ability to analyze, understand and execute special events has allowed her to shorten the normal learning curve and provided her valuable event experience in a very short period of time.

From venue design and logistics to operations, she has a strong understanding of what needs to be done and can lay it all out in an organized and timely manner. She would be a great asset to any event team and has the right focus and team player attitude for the special event industry.

Stu Ballantyne
CEO, 2009 World Police and Fire Games + 2015 Canada Winter Games