David Sidoo, BPE ’83

Highly decorated athlete, David Sidoo graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1983 with a Bachelor of Physical Education.

As MVP defensive back, Sidoo led the UBC Thunderbirds to an undefeated season and the University’s first-ever Vanier Cup National Championship in 1982. He played five years of professional football in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and was inducted into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame and the BC Football Hall of Fame, receiving the prestigious Bob Ackles award. The Sidoo Field at Thunderbird Stadium is named in his honour.

An active community member and philanthropist, Sidoo and his wife Manjy created Sidoo Family Giving in 2006, an organization focused on enriching the lives of children and families, in particular at-risk youth and single mothers. The organization supported breakfast programs in New Westminister and Downtown Eastside schools, provided assistance for after-school care at Strathcona Community Centre, and made significant contributions to the Vancouver Sun’s Adopt-a-School program.

In 2012, Sidoo received Darpan Magazine’s Advancing Philanthropy Award and was named one of Vancouver Magazine’s Power 50. The following year, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his philanthropy. Most recently, in 2014, Sidoo was appointed to the UBC Board of Governors and, with five other successful UBC football alumni, began a fundraising project to redevelop Thunderbird Stadium and revitalize the football program.

Currently, David is the President and CEO of East West Petroleum Corporation, a global Oil & Gas company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange.