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Vanier Cup – UBC Board Member Meet & Greet with the Prime Minister

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David Sidoo and Prime Minister Trudeau

As many followers of this blog will know, David Sidoo is a distinguished member of the UBC Thunderbird Football Alumni and a member of the UBC Board of Governors. Further, David is a key individual in the 13th Man Foundation, which supports the UBC T-Birds football team in countless ways and no doubt contributed to the team’s successful Cinderella drive to the Vanier Cup victory last season.

Not to be left out of the excitement of the T-Birds’ 2016 Vanier Cup victory, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with T-Birds quarterback and Vanier Cup MVP Michael O’Connor along with David Sidoo, Manjy Sidoo and Jordan Sidoo on May 18th, 2016 in Ottawa. Their collective focus: celebrating the coveted Vanier Cup trophy!

As the calendar creeps toward the start of the T-Bird’s championship title-defending season, the excitement and momentum of their Vanier Cup victory continues!

Go TBirds!

 

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David Sidoo’s Football Alma Mater Finally Shines Again

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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 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.

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.

David Sidoo & Investors Breathe New Life into UBC TBirds Football

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Photo Credit: John Lehmann/The Globe and Mail

The turning point in David Sidoo’s life was his memorable five-year football career with the UBC Thunderbirds. It began in 1978, when the UBC team played in its first ever Vanier Cup. Over the years David set several records and earned many awards that made him a shining star in the league. The crowning glory came in 1982 when David helped captain UBC to win its first Vanier Cup.

Since graduating from UBC, David has had a 5-year career in the CFL, succeeded as a financier and a private investor, and now is president and CEO of a very successful oil and gas corporation. Throughout his impressive career growth, David has remained a faithful supporter of his alma mater and a huge fan of the Thunderbirds Football program.

After almost 10 years of the team racking up countless losses, the TBirds had been facing the very real prospect of being cut from the university’s sports program. The prospect of losing a team so near and dear to his heart was too much for David. He rallied together a group of successful UBC alumni to fund the redevelopment of the TBirds, starting with recruiting a new coach – Blake Nill, a new quarterback – Michael O’Connor, and revamping the much-outdated Thunderbird stadium.

The new life David helped inject into the Thunderbirds is for real. David was excited to attend the TBird’s practice the day before their first exhibition game against against top-ranked Laval, who had only lost one home game in the last 70 years. <insert photo from Aug 28>

The next day, the TBirds beat Laval with an incredible 41-16 score. It was magic!

Though The TBirds went on to lose their season opener to Calgary 16-49, UBC came back the following week and defeated Regina 27-20.

David remains optimistic that the Thunderbirds can carry that wining momentum throughout the rest of this 2015/16 season to make this a year to remember.

For more on this story, read the original Globe and Mail article here.

 

David Sidoo Awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal

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For many years, David Sidoo has tirelessly contributed to his community and blazed a path for other philanthropists to follow. Through Sidoo Family Giving,  joint efforts with his wife, Manjy, and supporting other active fundraisers, David has made an incredible difference in the lives of people young and old in British Columbia. For this reason, he was recently awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding contributions to his community.

About the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, from the Governor General of Canada site:

A new commemorative medal was created to mark the 2012 celebrations of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal is a tangible way for Canada to honour best essay here for you Her Majesty for her service to this country. At the same time, it serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.

During the year of celebrations, 60 000 deserving Canadians will be recognized.

The Chancellery of Honours, as part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, administers the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal program.

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Sidoo Family Giving Supports Inner City Youth Soccer Tournament

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David Sidoo and VPD Constable Kal Dosanjh at a soccer tournament for the inner city youth of Vancouver.

As a former pro athlete whose life was changed by sports at a pivotal age, David Sidoo understands the value of athletics in the life of a youth…especially an inner city youth.

On the weekend of May 25, 2013, David was delighted to attend and support the Vancouver Police Department Soccer Tournament for Inner City Youth. More than 500 kids participated in the event, which was organized by the VPD Athletic League and Detective Kal Dosanjh.

From the Link Paper article, Dosanjh is quoted as saying, “David is an example of what sports can do, being the first Indo-Canadian professional football player,” Dosanjh said. “David would agree with me that by engaging the youth in a sporting activity it will provide them with a positive outlet, provide them an opportunity to develop self esteem, provide an environment which facilitates personal growth and promotes learning to work well with others in a team setting. This program is designed to develop a strong connection with youth at any early age, so that a sense of community, safety and integrity become well entrenched values.”

There are many wonderful programs to engage youth in sports…why not check into opportunities in your community and see how you can make a difference too!

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David Sidoo - The Power 50 Vancouver

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David Sidoo recently had the honour of being named as one of Vancouver’s Power 50 for 2012 by Vancouver Magazine in their 12th annual publishing of the list.

Each year the Vancouver-focused magazine works with a team of people in the know in order to compile a list of the year’s 50 people with the most influence on the City of Vancouver.

From VanMag online:

47. David Sidoo
Investment banker, philanthropist
The onetime Saskatchewan Roughrider is still riding high on last year’s news that his East West Petroleum Corp. won exploration rights to 400 square kilometres of oil-rich northeast India (this in addition to producing assets in Egypt and Canada, plus positions in Egypt, Yemen, and Eastern Europe). Closer to home, he’s ascended to angel status for his support of breakfast programs for schoolkids in Vancouver and New West and, through his foundation with wife Manjy, high-school and university sports programs (he’s UBC’s largest sports scholarship donor), domestic-violence initiatives with the VPD and RCMP, and arts events through the Vancouver Opera and David Foster Foundation. His standing on this year’s list, though, rests equally on his political connections: he’s become a go-to figure for journalists and lawyers, developers and politicians in the Indo-Canadian community locally. Oh, and in February, UBC renamed its Thunderbird Stadium field for the guy. Age 53

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David Sidoo Named in 2012’s Vancouver Power 50

David’s nomination to the list was also featured in Vancouver Desi online. Read more here.

David Sidoo and Greg Renwick of East West Petroleum

David Sidoo, Executive Chairman, and Greg Renwick, President and CEO of East West Petroleum.

David Sidoo, Executive Chairman, and Greg Renwick, President and CEO of East West Petroleum attended a signing ceremony at the New Zealand Parliament Buildings in Wellington where they were awarded the three blocks of land for exploration in partnership with TAG Oil of New Zealand.

This award is a major milestone for East West Corp.

Said David Sidoo,, “I am very pleased to have East West recognized amongst a group of top international companies which were awarded acreage in this 2012 competitive bid round.  The Company is also very excited to be partnering with TAG Oil, one of the preeminent exploration and production companies in New Zealand.  We view these awards as the cheap essay writing service for students beginning of a long-term, successful relationship with TAG Oil in New Zealand.  The awards validate East West’s growing international presence and reputation as an emerging player in upstream conventional exploration.”

Learn more from the official press release here.

 

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David Sidoo poses with Indian actress and politician Jaya Bachchan at the inaugural South Asian Film Festival on Nov. 1, 2012.

Vancouver, Abbotsford, and Surrey played host to a collection of Frature, Short, Documentary and Animated films from South Asia October 31 to November 4, 2012. It was the first such festival of its kind in Canada and carried the mission to Entertain, Engage, Embrace, Educate and Inspire.

David Sidoo connected with influential Indian actress and politician Jaya Bachchan at the South Asian Film Festival on November 1, 2012 in Vancouver. Bachchan has starred in dozens of films since the 1960s and is also a member of the Indian Parliament. She is married to legendary film actor Amitabh Bachchan.

Vancouver Sun Article: David Sidoo poses with Indian actress and politician Jaya Bachchan at the inaugural South Asian Film Festival on Nov. 1, 2012. (PDF)