Koffi Deku started with MBC Group in June 2020 as the Director of Engineering, managing the day-to-day operations of the Engineering Division. Prior to joining MBC Group, Koffi worked as a Structural Engineering Manager, primarily designing a variety of buildings and bridges. He was drawn to MBC Group because of the company’s aspiration to become a leading engineering firm in Canada. “It’s great to be involved in the execution of that vision!” says Koffi. “You get to be exposed to all types of work. Whether infrastructure design and management projects, providing expert opinions, or learning about the intricacies of mechanical and electrical engineering in complex reconstruction projects, MBC Group is very versatile in the engineering services it provides.” In Koffi’s opinion, this is the perfect place to be for Engineers and others who are passionate and willing to take on new challenges because it is full of committed innovators trying different approaches to execute projects.
Koffi believes in the competence of his team and has yet to be disappointed by their high-level output. Engineering is such a broad category, that it can be perplexing for those who do not fully understand all the activities and functions that an Engineer performs on a daily basis. Koffi explains that structural engineering, for example, is a field of civil engineering which focuses on making sure structures or buildings can withstand loading conditions they will be subject to during their lifetime. In other words, Architects make it look good on paper, and Structural Engineers make it stand. A structure doesn’t just stand by itself; it takes a great deal of attention to detail to transform a vision into a reality.
What inspires Koffi in his role, is to contribute to construction projects that will be essential parts of the community. Koffi became an Engineer because he wanted to contribute to closing the gap in infrastructures availability between sub-Saharan Africa and the rest of the world. A gap he became aware of when studying in France in Year 2000. Originally Koffi had planned on becoming a pilot, but there was something about becoming a Structural Engineer that seemed much more useful. He didn’t want to be the type of person who just complained about lack of infrastructures; instead, he wanted to understand how things are effectively and sustainably designed and built so he could apply that knowledge to actively make a positive contribution to his community.
Koffi has an Engineer’s mind that is always trying to understand how structures are built and how they can be improved. He looks at bridges, ports, dams, and buildings a lot differently, always seeing what could be and how other people do it. Koffi enjoys driving on roads he has never been on before, seeking out landscapes he hasn’t yet seen in Western Canada and the United States, which he considers to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. From Koffi’s perspective, “We all do landscaping in our backyards, but for Structural and Civil Engineers, the world is our landscaping project.”