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
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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