UBC alum removed from Order of BC after pleading guilty in college admissions scandal

The province has terminated David Sidoo’s membership to the Order of British Columbia, according to a June 12 press release.

On March 13, 2020, the alumnus, donor and former Thunderbirds football player pleaded guilty in an American federal court to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. The charges stem from a college admissions scandal where he allegedly paid US$200,000 to have an accomplice take the SAT in the place of his sons in 2011 and 2012.

The Order of British Columbia recognizes British Columbians who have made significant contributions benefiting people living in the province and elsewhere.

Sidoo was appointed to the order in July 2016.

“According to the act, the chancellor of the Order may terminate a person's membership on the recommendation of the advisory council and with the approval of the executive council,” reads the release. “This process is initiated when a member of the Order is convicted of a criminal offence or when their conduct undermines the credibility and integrity of the Order.”

Sidoo’s sentencing is scheduled for July 15.