This website is about the GOAN Christian Community of Pakistan. Every Goan has ancestral roots in Goa, India, formerly a Portuguese colony. All Goans of Pakistan are predominantly Catholic. Although the 'Christian Community of Pakistan' has contributed immensely to nation-building; this endeavor is solely dedicated to researching, highlighting and archiving the GOAN community's historical background, cultural heritage, significant achievements and contribution to Pakistan, before and after independence.

Profile - FRED D'SILVA

Mr. Fred D'Silva was raised in Karachi, studying at N.E.D. Engineering College from where he graduated with a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering. He worked for a year with the PWD before immigrating to Canada in 1958, being one of the earliest Goans to come to Toronto.

In Toronto Fred worked first for Pirini Construction, and then Bramalea Constructions Ltd., before buying out the construction division of Bramalea to form Bradsil in 1962. Bradsil grew to be the tenth largest construction company in Canada at its peak.

In 1972 he formed Oswenda Developments to handle the development side of the business. Among his companies most well-known projects are: Grand Harbour on Lakeshore; Bramalea City Centre; Royal Military College, Kingston; Canada Centre for Inland Waters, Burlington and North York Education Centre

Fred has also taken the time to get involved with the associations of the Goan community in Toronto, both the Can-Orient and the Goan Overseas Association. In particular, he was the Chairman of the GOA Building Committee for several years. Fred is married to Melba, and they have three children Oscar, Darrel and Wendy.

(Contributed by Jack Fernandes )

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