David Sidoo

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David Sidoo
Born (1959-07-10) July 10, 1959 (age 59)[1]
Alma materUniversity of British Columbia
Occupationbusinessman, philanthropist, and former professional Canadian football player.
Criminal chargeCharged as one of the parent perpetrators in the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal
Criminal statusPled not guilty

David Sidoo (born July 10, 1959) is a Canadian businessman, philanthropist, and former professional Canadian football player. In the 1980s, Sidoo played for the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.

In 2019 Sidoo was named as one of the perpetrators of the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal.


Sidoo is of Indian-Canadian descent. From 1978-1982, he attended the University of British Columbia on a football scholarship. At UBC, he played for the school's team, the Thunderbirds.[2]

After graduating university, Sidoo was drafted into the Canadian Football League, becoming the first Indian-Canadian to have made the draft for professional Canadian football.[3] He played professional football for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and BC Lions until 1988.[4]

After retiring from football, Sidoo started working in the field of brokerage. Sidoo later founded and sold an energy company, American Oil & Gas, to the Hess Corporation.[3] At the start of 2019, Sidoo was the CEO of Advantage Lithium, a mining company.[3] In light of the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal, Sidoo stepped down as the CEO of both Advantage Lithium and East West Petroleum in mid-March 2019.[5]

Legal issues[edit]

In March 2019, Sidoo was named as one of the alleged parent perpetrators of the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal. Multiple sources reported on allegations Sidoo had paid money to illegally aid his two sons in getting accepted into American colleges.[6][7]

As alleged in the FBI indictment, Sidoo paid $100,000 to have a test-taker impersonate his son Dylan Sidoo, so that the latter's SAT test scores were improved.[8] The scores were sent to Chapman University, where Dylan attended.[9] According to the FBI, Sidoo later paid an additional $100,000 to have his younger son Jordan's test taken in the same, fraudulent way.[6][9] CBC News later reported that Sidoo had also paid a test-taker to fake a high school exam on behalf of his son in 2012.[10] Those scores were sent to Yale, Georgetown and the University of California, Berkeley, where Jordan eventually attended.[9] The FBI indictment noted that Sidoo had been in contact with other perpetrators of the college admission scandal in 2018, and in October of that year recorded a phone call in which Sidoo discussed obtaining a GMAT score for his older son, who intended to apply to business school.[11][12]

Sidoo pled not guilty before a federal court in Massachusetts on 15 March 2019.[13]


  1. ^ "Dave Sidhoo". Just Sports Stats. Retrieved April 14, 2019.
  2. ^ Mckenzie, Kevin Hinton & Ryan. "BCBusiness". BCBusiness. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  3. ^ a b c "Advantage Lithium - Management & Directors". www.advantagelithium.com. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  4. ^ "Vancouver's David Sidoo Named in U.S. College Admissions Scandal" - Bloomberg
  5. ^ Mar 14, CBC News · Posted:; March 14, 2019 12:46 PM PT | Last Updated:. "David Sidoo steps down as CEO of Vancouver companies in light of college cheating scandal | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  6. ^ a b Mar 12, Rhianna Schmunk; March 13, 2019 |. "B.C. philanthropist accused of paying $200K to help sons pass college entrance exams | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  7. ^ Brown, Scott; Griffin, Kevin; March 12, Keith Fraser Updated:; 2019 (2019-03-13). "Vancouver's David Sidoo charged in U.S. college-entrance scandal | Vancouver Sun". Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  8. ^ Glaser, Rebeccah (2019-03-13). "Chapman among universities named in massive college admissions scandal". The Panther Online. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  9. ^ a b c Hussain, Suhauna (March 19, 2019). "College admissions scandal hits UC Berkeley; fake SAT score allegedly submitted". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  10. ^ Mar 13, Rhianna Schmunk; March 13, 2019 |. "Here's how prosecutors believe David Sidoo allegedly conspired to get his sons into top universities | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  11. ^ "Sidoo Redacted Indictment". Scribd. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  12. ^ March 14, Dan Fumano Updated:; 2019 (2019-03-15). "David Sidoo in 'good state of mind' before court appearance: lawyer | Vancouver Sun". Retrieved 2019-03-15.
  13. ^ Mar 15, Rhianna Schmunk; March 15, 2019 |. "David Sidoo returning home to Canada after pleading not guilty to fraud charges in U.S. | CBC News". CBC. Retrieved 2019-03-16.