Meet our new member Richard Frey

Does your company need an IT Consultant? We got you covered.

The Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce is very happy to welcome our new member Richard Frey to our community. Richard is an IT Consultant/Contractor based in Calgary (AB) with 12 years of experience as an Application Lead, Project Manager and Test Lead of Business System Analysts. After his studies in Engineering and Service Management in Switzerland, Richard moved to Alberta in 2005.

We had the chance to talk to Richard and learn more about him.

You have worked with big names like Shell, TC Energy and Cenovus. What is the role of an IT Consultant in such big companies?
You play a role in a large organization. Therefore, you must understand your role, how the system works, and provide value with all that you have. You need to prove every day that you make them more successful.

Why did you decide to move from Switzerland to Calgary?
It’s basically a dream coming through. I was in Vancouver the first time away from Switzerland to learn English and it was the year 1992, when in Los Angeles and the US a lot of racism-related violence happened. I was surprised how Canada and Vancouver that year was a peaceful multicultural place and it sparked the dream to live in this amazing country. The second reason is the space. You can go somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, leave your car in a full parking lot, and don’t see a human all day while you are hiking, biking or cross-country skiing. I also met my Swiss wife in Vancouver and we both love Calgary’s four seasons, especially the beautiful powder snow for winter sports. I also love the yearly Stampede in Calgary, teaching others about western culture. Finally, we love to be close to the mountains for camping and hiking as well as skiing and skating.

What are the differences between working in Calgary and working in Switzerland?
The people in Calgary are a bit more relaxed than in Switzerland, However, I worked with a lot of hard-working and smart people in Calgary and really like the downtown working environment. I admire the human and social culture in the Oil and Gas business, which I haven’t seen as much in Switzerland.

What are the biggest challenges for your business?
There are always a lot of buzz words and dreams that the big technology companies and media promise with advanced new IT technologies. I found the biggest challenge is to make the big dreams real in the day-to-day world and actually give the companies as much as possible value as what has been previously projected.

What is always in your suitcase when you come back from Switzerland?
Zweifel Chips, Ovomaltine, Sport Mint, Thomi Mayonaise, Thomi Senf, Merlot del Ticino, Merinque, Basler Läckerli, Kambly Bretzeli,

 

Thank you, Richard, for taking the time to talk to us!

 


 

 

Photo credits: Richard Frey

 

 

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