Face of Geobrugg: Andi Buechi, British Columbia, Canada

1 Março 2024

In the first interview of our series, we will have Andi Buechi, our country manager in Western Canada, tell us more about himself and what he does for Geobrugg.

Andi, how long have you been with the company, and what are your primary responsibilities?
I started in 2012 in a role we called ‘solutions specialist’ and am now the Western Canada Area Manager. I am responsible for business development and maintaining great relationships with engineers, contractors, and owners, recommending and installing our solutions, as well as market development, increasing the knowledge about geohazard solutions in Canada.

Are there any projects or initiatives you're currently working on that you're particularly excited about?
There are two important projects I am dealing with, one with rockfall attenuators and the other one involving rockfall barriers and snow nets. Their peculiarity is that they are in places where everybody can see them. I can’t tell you more for now, but you will soon see them on LinkedIn once the installation is complete, so make sure to follow Geobrugg.

How do you stay motivated and inspired in your career?
I am, by nature, very positive and passionate, but also extremely competitive with myself. I try to do better every year, and with better, I mean not only higher margins and sales but also doing a task lot easier and more efficiently than the previous year. And honestly, I love my job; I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.

Do you have a favourite work-related memory?
Yes, countless memories! But this one stands out. Over 20 years ago, I worked for an engineering university in Lucerne, the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, as an Assistant in the Geotech Department and one of my students was Roland Bucher. We kept in contact and in 2006, he told me he wanted to get a job at this Swiss company and asked me to help him with his CV. He got the job with Geobrugg in Australia. Fast forward to 2012, I got a Facebook message from Roland. He told me they were looking for somebody in Canada with an engineering and sales background and couldn’t find the right person. The job description attracted me, so I applied, and the rest, I guess, is history.

What a story! Thank you for sharing it Andi.

Are you curious about reference projects in Canada? Check them out here, especially the Cougar Corner with the first debris flow barrier installed entirely by helicopters in North America.

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Andi Buechi and another person  in front of an avalanche barrier in the snow
Andi Buechi with helmet in front of a rockfall protection barrier
SPIDER Avalanche barriers, Cougar Corner