David Sidoo’s membership in the Order of British Columbia was terminated on Friday, June 12, 2020.
The Provincial Symbols and Honours Act governs nominations, appointments, resignations and terminations in the Order of B.C., the province’s highest honour. 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. 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 was appointed to the Order of B.C. on July 26, 2016. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in a U.S. federal court on March 13, 2020.
David Sidoo (born July 10, 1959) is a Canadian businessman and former professional Canadian football player. In 2019 the FBI named Sidoo as one of several parent perpetrators in the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal. According to this CBC article, he admitted to paying “$200,000 to have someone pose as his sons using fake ID to secure higher scores on their SATs.”
More information about the Order of B.C., including the termination process, is available online.