Airport Project Hires Seven Bermudian Interns

January 26, 2017

Aecon Group Inc, a partner in the proposed redevelopment of Bermuda’s airport, and the Bermuda Government Department of Workforce Development have announced the selection of seven Bermudian interns.

“As part of the Airport Redevelopment Project, seven Bermudians have been offered paid internships with Aecon and members of its technical team in Canada,” a spokesperson said.

“The interns were chosen by a panel of interviewers from Aecon and the Department of Workforce Development. The interns will be paid by Aecon and travel, room and board will be paid for by the Department of Workforce Development.”

Ricardo Graham-Ward [intern]; D. Noel Cann [Training and Assessment Officer at DWD]; Jordan Lawrence [intern]; Allanette Hayward [intern]; Owen Chisnall [intern]; Barak Bremar [intern]; James Gould [intern]; Patricia J. Gordon–Pamplin, Minister of Home Affairs; Frank Ross [Executive Advisor, Aecon Group Inc.]. Not pictured is Bianca Clay [intern], who is currently off island:

Workforce Development Bermuda Jan 26 2017

According to the spokesperson, the seven interns are:

  • Barak Bremar, a 23-year-old graduate of the New England Institute of Technology. Barak has worked at L.F. Wade International in six different departments over a six-year period – most recently as a skycap. Barak will be working with Mulvey & Banani International as an electrical design intern.
  • Owen Chisnall, a 22-year-old graduate of Niagara College is a committed Bermudian volunteer who is working to help maintain and rebuild Trunk Island. He will be spending half of his internship with H. H. Angus and half with Aecon in order to gain experience in the fields of mechanical engineering and project safety.
  • Bianca Clay, a 26-year-old graduate of the University of Westminster previously worked as an intern at Cooper Gardner Architects. She will be spending six months with Scott Associates architectural firm.
  • James Gould, a 24-year-old graduate of the University of Plymouth has been working for Kaissa as a junior roof installer and assistant superintendent. He will be working for Aecon and gaining experience in construction management and safety.
  • Ricardo Graham-Ward, a 24-year-old graduate of the University of Southampton, has been working for the Bermuda Government as a Trainee Civil Engineer. His internship with WSP Global and Quinn Dressel Associates will allow him to further his career in civil and structural engineering.
  • Allanette Hayward, a 42-year-old graduate of Coventry University went back to school later in life having received a scholarship from the Construction Association of Bermuda [the first woman to do so]. She is currently a Trainee Civil Engineer with the Bermuda Government. She will be working at WSP Global and Quinn Dressel Associates to learn more about the civil and structural engineering fields.
  • Jordan Lawrence, a 20-year old graduate of the New England Institute of Technology, has proven himself to be hardworking and dedicated and has recently returned home to Bermuda. He will be spending three months each with H. H. Angus and Aecon gaining invaluable experience in mechanical engineering and construction management.

The spokesperson said, “The interns will spend four to five days each week with their host company working on tasks specifically related to the Airport Redevelopment Project. They will each be assigned a mentor who will help them to create and complete an individual development plan throughout the programme and to ensure that they get everything they can out of the programme.

“On completion of the internships, the interns will receive feedback on their development and goals and a certificate of achievement from Aecon. The programme will run for six months from early 2017 and will be based in Toronto.”

Minister for Home Affairs, Patricia Gordon–Pamplin said, “This internship programme with Aecon and its partners is an incredible opportunity and is just one of the many benefits that the Airport Redevelopment Project will bring to our island. I would like to congratulate the seven interns chosen by the selection committee, all of whom have proven that they are committed to building Bermuda’s future.”

Steve Nackan, President, Aecon Concessions, said, “These interns will receive a once in a lifetime experience with Aecon and its technical partners in the fields of construction and infrastructure. This programme is just one of the ways in which we are committed to Bermuda, not only its airport but also its people. We look forward to sharing our knowledge with these graduates.”

Frank Ross, Executive Advisor, Aecon Group Inc., said, “We were fortunate to have so many excellent candidates for the internship programme, which of course made it a very difficult decision. However, the seven graduates chosen are exceptional and we look forward to working and sharing this experience with them. We thank all applicants for their interest and encourage them to apply for other opportunities in the project.””

Bianca Clay, one of the interns, said, “I’m very excited to have been chosen to work in Canada – it’s an incredible opportunity. To be a part of the Airport Redevelopment Project is to be a part of a legacy. The airport leaves a lasting first and last impression to those visiting and it’s important that Bermudians are able to contribute to it.”

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  1. Please says:



    • smh says:



      • What? says:

        Please explain almighty knowledgeable one.

        • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

          They can’t answer you because they are too busy shaking their head…and scientists have proven that shaking your head causes incoherence.

      • jiggs bda says:

        Whomever builds the Airport, Bermuda will pay for it…with interest

    • biggadon says:


  2. Athena says:

    Congratulations to all the interns.

    This will be invaluable experience with an international company.

  3. Shelley says:

    Awesome. Welldone interns.

  4. Trump supporter says:

    Look at that sticking to there word hiring BERMUDIANS.
    BUT the nay sayers still won’t believe it.

    • Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

      These interns have been deemed worthy of investment, a rare find in present times…those naysayers on the other hand, are a dime a dozen.

      • mixitup says:

        So does this mean that it’s ok to dump 700+ Million in Revenue for the next 35yrs? No it doesn’t.. Furthermore there should be no need to Parade Bermudians in front of a camera to show that you are ‘Opening Opportunities,’ this should be THE NORM..the fact that in 2017 we are ‘celebrating’ Bermudians being given an internship for one of the biggest projects that will reverberate for generations is sad. And the statement you make of them being ‘deemed worthy’ is equally telling.

        • Trump supporter says:

          If we had the money from all the overruns we probably could build our own..

  5. van martin says:

    Very happy to hear of this! The more positive things that happen, the sooner Bermuda can pull out of it’s economic doldrums. Here’s hoping for employment for anyone who wants to work!

  6. Blazer says:

    Nice! Nice! Nice!

  7. Proud Bermuda Onion says:

    Congrats to all . . . Internships are valuable learning experiences that open doors!

  8. Dangel says:

    Congratulations to the Selected Interns!!

    I note one of them is a short term internship. Would I be correct in assuming that the others are longer than 6 months. Does internship culminate in long term employment for them?

  9. ella says:


  10. Keepin' it Real!...4Real! says:

    If these few young bermudians are serious about their future’s…They will have to perform at international standards NOT bermujan standards…not do their best but be the best at what they do…and they will reap the benefits otherwise, they will be replaced.

    Trump is going to stomp on the welfare state…no more hand outs…and if you think bermuda won’t feel the ripples…you better start weaning yourself off of that entitlement tip I know that…its a new world dawning

    It’s time to WAKE UP!!

    • mixitup says:

      You are a pathetic case! I can actually picture exactly what you look like.. Bermujan standards? Can you elaborate for us Professional Bermudians what you are talking about? And about this entitlement tip you mentioned, I would like to think that Bermudians should be entitled to a livable wage in their country. When many families struggle to earn an fair wage, then have to spend $6.00 for a loaf of bread (basic foods) we should all be ashamed.
      The Gov’t can subsidise 77 Million for rich folks to have a sailboat race but cannot lift taxes for basic staple foods…

      I find it funny also how you mention Trump stomping on the welfare state with no more handouts… well wasn’t he himself the benefactor of a “little” $1 million dollars loan from his father?

      It really is time to WAKE UP!

      • Earth watch police says:

        Mix up you are right the plp are pathetic we could have built our own airport so where is our money answer that was it lost was it spent was it …. we need to know that’s why we have an auditor General oh I forgot he was thrown in jail for doing his job.

  11. Pastor Syl says:

    Congratulations to all the successful interns, and encouragement to all who applied to continue to apply, as there are sure to be other positions that will come available. Most particularly, I want to extend major props to Ms. Allanette Hayward (would like to think we are related :-) ), for taking on your life in such a huge way!! Starting over again when one isn’t young is not the easiest thing to do, and clearly you are excelling! So, special kudos to you!! May you go from strength to strength!

  12. Truth (the real one) says:

    Such amazing news!! Congratulations to all the interns. Canada is paying. If the Canadian Gov’t is backing a project (AAA rated) then of course they get to choose the contractor! Why would they guarantee it otherwise?!? Get on with this Airport!!!!

  13. Budmon says:

    Y’all ain’t build in’ this airport so this ‘ all a waste o’ time.

  14. Budmon says:

    There are ways we can fight this. Let’s be Creative.
    Nothing could be more crippling than this project going through.
    No measures taken to stop this are too drastic.
    Collectively we must stand against this.

    • rockwatcher says:

      They will build get on board do not be left behind….it will be built…congrats to the interns show them you can do it….

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  15. Kathy says:

    So why would they hire interns before the project is approved and set in stone?

  16. nok says:

    How can this be if they have not signed off on this deal.Is the OBA that confident?