David Sidoo ~ Prominent Vancouver Businessman ~ Passionate Philanthropist ~ Proud Family Man ~ Former Pro Athlete


13th Man Foundation Presents: The Championship Ring Celebration & Fundraising Dinner

The Championship Ring Celebration & Fundraising Dinner is an opportunity to celebrate the 2015 Vanier Cup Champions and the UBC Thunderbirds Football Team. The evening will include a sit-down dinner, a Hall of Fame guest speaker, and an amazing selection of live and silent auction items. This event is a great opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2015 UBC Thunderbirds, engage and meet other alumni, and to be a supportive part of the vision that UBC’s football program holds for the future.

Reception begins at 6PM – business attire

Guest Speaker: Warren Moon

Guest Speaker: Warren Moon

Warren Moon is a Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback who played for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League, and the Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. He is currently the color commentator for the Seahawks radio network.

Master of Ceremonies: Farhan Lalji
Farhan Lalji is the Vancouver Bureau Reporter for SPORTSCENTRE, Canada’s #1 sports news and information program. He continues to be extensively involved in developing and coaching football at the grassroots level in British Columbia – something he’s done for the past 26 years. He is currently the head football coach at New Westminster Secondary School

David and Manjy Sidoo Supporting and Working with the KSF — Press Release Announcement


Applications open for KSF: Artists of Choice Awards 2016

The KSF has announced the launch of this year’s KSF Artists of Choice Awards, their flagship funding and mentoring initiative for emerging artists in the genres of Theatre, Dance, Film and Musical Theatre. Applications are open to artists resident in the UK, USA; and for the first time this year, Canada made possible by a partnership with KSF and Manjy and David Sidoo and the support of The Sidoo Family Giving Foundation.

KSF Artists of Choice Awards will be made to four UK-based, four US-based and four Canada-based artists or companies, each will receive up to £10,000 or $10,000 in funding, year-round in-kind support from KSF and an industry mentor.

2015 UK recipient Robby Graham of Southpaw Dance Company said of the Awards, “It isn’t just a pot of money, it is more importantly a package of support tailored by people who are passionate about artistic development and who believe in your work.”

Applications are open now on the KSF website closing on Friday 4 March 2016. Applicants will then be shortlisted and in-person interviews with an industry panel will take place in early May 2016. The Awards are open to emerging artists in Theatre, Dance, Film or Musical Theatre who have an exciting, creative and unique project. Those applying will also be required to provide an industry referee that knows their work as well as examples of previous projects or reviews.

Founder of KSF said:

“Last year’s recipients have proven to be accomplished artists and have benefited hugely from the support of my foundation and their individual mentors. I’m very much looking forward to reviewing this year’s applications and seeing what creativity comes our way from Canada as well as the UK and USA.”

Steve Winter, Executive/Creative Director of KSF, said:

“It has been massively satisfying to not only see the work develop but also the relationships between the artists we’ve supported. I know they have been inspired by each other and the commitment they’ve shown to developing their craft. I feel certain this year’s applicants will be just as enthusiastic and inventive with their project applications.”

Manjy and David Sidoo, Founders of the Sidoo Family Giving, said:

“We are pleased to be supporting and working with the KSF and supporting the arts in Canada. We are excited to see this year’s applicants from Canada.”


Alongside the founder, a panel of respected creatives will help select the recipients. Last year’s panel included film director Andrew Haigh (Weekend), Head of BBC Films Christine Langan, Director of Europe for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Carola Ash, Atlantic Theater’s Artistic Director Neil Pepe, American Ballet Theater’s Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, actor Cush Jumbo (The Good Wife), theatre director Jamie Lloyd, actress and singer Laura- Michelle Kelly (Finding Neverland), English National Ballet’s Tamara Rojo, actress and singer Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple), musical director Ted Sperling and choreographer Wayne McGregor,

The Foundation launched the KSF Artists of Choice Awards in 2015 receiving over 1,200 applications. Awards were made to nine emerging artists. With the expansion of the award to Canada the Foundation hopes to build on its previous success, highlighting the rich diversity of talent there. Previous recipients of the KSF Artists of Choice Awards include:

DANCE USA: Stefanie Batten Bland of Company SBB. The company presented their work Patient(ce) at Harlem Stage, New York, last year. The piece introduced crowds to a performance that examined the critical relationship that the musical, physical and visual arts have with space and time.

THEATER (USA): Ghazi Albuliwi of West Bank Brooklyn Productions. His production of Highly Suspect debuted in December 2015 in New York starring the Obie award-winning actor John Douglas Thompson. The New Group and director Ian Morgan mentored the project.

FILM (USA): India Dupré. Stripped is a true story of family survival, matriarchal sacrifice and forgiveness. In 1979, after being lured to Australia with the promise of a better life and having her three young British children placed in work camps as part of a “Keep Australia White” scheme, a shy yet determined mother becomes a stripper to survive, kidnapping her children back and fleeing across Australia.

MUSICAL THEATER (USA): New York based artists John McGrew, Jonathan Karpinos and Joseph Varca are focused on developing new works exploring the intersection of storytelling and music. The Village of Vale is an original gothic fairytale told through music, art, the written word and performance. Four actors and an eight-person live band create the stories of villagers and strangers in Vale.

DANCE (UK): Robby Graham of Southpaw Dance Company. The company will debut their work Speakeasy at Dance City, Newcastle in March 2016. The piece is a modern interpretation of the classic tale ‘Faust’ featuring Breaking, Charleston and Lindy.

THEATRE (UK): Cressida Brown of Offstage Theatre. Re:Home focuses on the effect of austerity, regeneration, and the Olympics on the residents of the Beaumont Estate, East London; and is a sequel to their first play Home. Re:Home debuted at The Yard, London in February 2016.

FILM (UK): Michael Van Der Put of Broken Hearted Youth. Played out on a five-a-side football pitch Rage explores political anger and apathy felt in the aftermath of the London riots. The project will complete it’s filming later this year.

MUSICAL THEATRE (UK): Writer Chris Bush and Composer Matt Winkworth are developing a new work written in faux- verbatim style. The musical examines the events following the assassination of a controversial public figure.


  • Applications open: Now
  • Applications close: Friday 4 March 2016
  • Interviews: Monday 2 – Monday 9 May 2016
  • Awards Made: Early June 2016

Notes to Editors:

Contact: Steve Winter



The purpose of KSF is to discover, train, fund and mentor emerging artists in drama, dance, music, and film as well as developing life enhancing theatre-in-education projects across the globe, in line with its vision statement to: ‘Send the elevator back down’.

KSF’s recipients are those seeking a career in the performing arts and film predominately – but not limited to – secondary school children, further and continuing education students, undergraduates (freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors), post graduates, graduates or those without formal education but the talent and drive to succeed.

The KSF has evolved into a scholarship and grant giving entity offering 14 fully funded places per year to Regent’s University London and Pace University New York through KSF SCHOLARSHIPS and financial support to individuals and companies in the performing arts or film through KSF ARTISTS OF CHOICE AWARDS. In 2014 it formalized its offer further by introducing a third stand of activity, KSF LEARNING that uses theatre-in-education to improve aspiration through bespoke projects and workshops most recently working across the UAE, UK and USA.

KSF is currently WhatsOnStage chosen charity of the year.


David Sidoo’s Football Alma Mater Finally Shines Again

David SidooFor the first time in 18 years, the UBC Thunderbirds Football team reigned victorious and brought home the coveted Vanier Cup to wrap up the 2015 season.

“I don’t think a university or province can be more proud. [The Thunderbirds] ended up accomplishing a goal that they set out to do and against all odds,” said David Sidoo.

If you know of David Sidoo, then you likely also know of his passion for supporting his UBC TBirds team. He is the director and one of the founders of the 13th Man Foundation which fundraises for and supports the team in many ways. David and the 13th Man Foundation were instrumental in drawing in the resources necessary to craft a winning team in the 2015 season.

Continue reading about the TBirds fairytale 2015 road to victory here.

And for more information about the 13th Man Foundation, click here.

David Sidoo’s Fervent Support of UBC TBirds Football Highlighted

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UBC football’s No 1 booster is David Sidoo, a ‘Birds alum and member of the school’s 1982 Vanier Cup-winning team. (Photo by Bob Frid/UBC Athletics)

Anyone who knows David Sidoo will surely have heard of his incredible football career spanning from the UBC Thunderbirds to the CFL. The opportunities presented to David as part of the TBirds football program were life-changing and his dedication to and support of his alma mater team have been unwavering since.

Recently, The Province reporter, Howard Tsumura, wrote a lengthy blog piece that highlighted David’s support of the TBirds football program from a number of angles, including the 13th Man Foundation, dreams of hosting the Vanier Cup, and the visions for the TBirds’ future.

In the past year, David has effected considerable change in the TBirds program, through his 13th Man Foundation, including a huge injection of capital to make major improvements to Thunderbird Stadium, recruiting dynamic freshman quarterback Michael O’Connor (a former Penn State Redman), and successfully hiring wildly successful CIS coach Blake Nill to lead the team.

The change has been a success, as the TBirds are headed to Laval this weekend to battle Montreal in the final for the coveted Vanier Cup. As the TBird’s biggest supporter, David will be there, of course, cheering on his team.

“My stomach is totally wound up right now,” Sidoo said Monday as he prepared to leave for the Vanier Cup site in Laval later this week. “I am excited for the boys, the coaches. I am very emotional about it. It’s been such a transformation. I am so proud of Blake. I know they will represent us well.”

David surely won’t be the only one with a knotted stomach as game day draws nearer. As mentioned in the original article, David and the 13th Man Foundation members have created a football town energy at UBC this season, so there are sure to be a legion of dedicated followers on the edge of their seats come game day.

Wishing the TBirds the very best success this weekend!

Read the full blog entry at The Province online here.

David Sidoo Named to Vancouver’s 2015 Power 50

Once again, David Sidoo has been recognized for his philanthropic commitment and support in his community. Specifically, On November 17, 2015, Vancouver Magazine named David to its 15th annual Vancouver Power 50 list. This is the second time that David has had the honour, the last being in 2012.

From Vanmag’s Power 50 2015 profiles Online:

  1. David Sidoo
    Chair, East West Petroleum
    Age: 56 | 2012: #47Before he struck it rich in the oil business, David Sidoo was a football star at UBC. His love of the game—and of his alma mater—has been a constant through his career: as a CFL defensive back with Saskatchewan and the B.C. Lions, then as a partner at Yorkton Securities, and finally as an investment banker. His first big win, American Oil & Gas, made him wealthy when it was acquired by Hess.His success has allowed him to pursue philanthropy and return the support he received from coaches and friends when his sawmill-worker father died suddenly and he thought he’d have to drop out of university to help his family. His Sidoo Family Giving foundation funds everything from children’s breakfast programs to community scholarships.

    But the initiative closest to his heart is the football program at UBC, which was facing deep, perhaps mortal, cuts. Sidoo stepped up and put together a group of alumni to form the 13th Man Foundation. New corporate sponsorships, new facilities, a new coach, and new recruits have made the Thunderbirds a force once again. Which makes it only fitting that the turf at Thunderbird Stadium is now called David Sidoo Field.

Read more about this year’s nominees here and here.

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David Sidoo Pumps up the Spirit at UBC!

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3000 more fans at UBC Homecoming 2015 football came than the previous year! (photo Koby Michaels / The Ubyssey)

If you’ve been following these blog postings, you’ll know by now that David Sidoo is a huge supporter of his alma mater UBC Thunderbirds football team. He’s been instrumental in upgrading training and playing facilities; he’s been instrumental in drawing in new talent on the field and in the coaching line up; and he’s now instrumental in cultivating a “spirit” culture on campus.

David has teamed up with Robert Morton – director of UBC’s biggest event-planning group, and Aaron Bailey – president of the UBC Alma Mater Society, to create a huge stir on campus around Thunderbird’s football.

The intent is to make UBC football the heart of school spirit. So far this year, the results are promising – there were 3000 more fans at the UBC Homecoming 2015 football game than the previous year.

Ideally, the energy will carry off the turf and throughout campus, creating momentum that will carry into other team sports and UBC events:

“The biggest motivation to inject energy, knowledge and money, or what David Sidoo calls the “three Ts” of time, talent and treasure, is the lasting effect this will have on the university as a whole. “

To read more, check out the UBC Ubyssey article online here.

Sidoo Family Co-Chairs KSF Fundraiser & Shares Partnership Announcement

On September 28, 2015 David, Manjy, Dylan and Jordan Sidoo attended the KSF fundraiser in Washington DC. Not only were they there with the honour of co-chairing the annual event, they also announced a new partnership with KSF to launch the KSF Artists of Choice Grants program in Canada in 2016.

The KSF Artists of Choice Grants are currently awarded each year to emerging artists in the US and UK who wish to develop plays, musicals, dance pieces, choir/band, and short films. Grants amounts are up to £10,000 / $10,000. Together with a world-class group of established artists, KSF selects the very best from the many hundreds that apply and provides critical mentoring and professional guidance to help ensure success.

The program, made possible by Sidoo Family Giving, will now launch in Canada, which is wonderful news for the arts in this country.

For more information about the KSF Artists of Choice Grants program, check out this press release from the KSF.

Manjy & David Sidoo Among Top South Asians Honoured at 100 Year Journey Gala

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David Sidoo Honoured at 100 Year Journey Gala

On October 3rd, 2015 David and Manjy Sidoo were honoured to attend the 2nd annual 100 Year Journey gala at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver. More than 500 of the greater Vancouver area’s community leaders from political, business and social sectors were in attendance, with partial proceeds from the event going to support a reprint of the 100 Year Journey book for distribution to schools throughout BC and to support the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation.

The event, which was hosted by the former publishers of Mehfil Magazine, is intended to honour South Asian pioneers and navigators in Canada.

The 100 Year Journey Project was established in 2014 by Rana Vig, the former publisher of Mehfil Magazine, to celebrate South Asian pioneers in Canada. A website and book of the same name book share and immortalize their stories as a timeless resource that contributes to the preservation of South Asian heritage and history that does not currently exist in Canadian textbooks. The publication has been approved for use in several school districts in British Columbia, and the publisher plans to expand its reach across the country.

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The 2nd annual 100 Year Journey gala at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel

For more information visit 100yearjourney.com

David Sidoo Named in UBC Education’s Year of Alumni 100

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David Sidoo Named in UBC Education’s Year of Alumni 100

On September 30, 2015, UBC celebrates its 100th year and in line with the centennial the Faculty of Education has announced its Year of Alumni initiative. From September 2015 through August 2016, the Faculty “will recognize the achievements of 100 outstanding and diverse alumni.”

We are delighted to share that David Sidoo has been named as one of the 100 alumni to be highlighted throughout the year. The announcement has already been made on the UBC website.

View David’s Year of Alumni 100 profile on the UBC website here.