Tom Siddon was born in Drumheller, Alberta. He attended the University of Alberta where he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1963. He went on to complete both a Masters and Doctoral Degrees at the University of Toronto (Institute for Aerospace Studies). For the next ten years Tom taught as a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UBC.
Mr. Siddon has a long career in science, business and politics. He was elected to the City Council of Richmond, BC in 1975, and to the Parliament of Canada in 1978. He served 9 years in the Federal Cabinet (1984 – 1993) as Minister of Science and Technology, Fisheries and Oceans, Indian and Northern Affairs and National Defense.
Tom Siddon has always been interested in the challenge of finding common-sense solutions to complex political problems. In 2005 he helped re-structure the Okanagan Basin Water Board, and subsequently guided the development of a long-range Sustainable Water Strategy for the Okanagan.
In recognition of his achievements Dr. Siddon was awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree from UBC Okanagan in 2007. For his work as the founding Chair of the Okanagan Water Stewardship Council he was honored with the Okanagan Water Leadership Award in 2009.
In 2008 Tom Siddon was elected as School Trustee for the Okanagan-Skaha District No. 67, following which he was elected, in November of 2011 as the RDOS Director for Rural Area ‘D’.
Tom has lived with his wife Patricia in Kaleden for the past 25 years.