Native Village/Country parent’s background
My parents are from Punjab India. Father’s village is close to Sirhind and
mother hails from Kila Raipur, Punjab. I was born and raised in Canada.
Your Early Education
My education was completed in Red Deer, Alberta for high school and
University. I was lucky enough to get enrolled in partnership program
which enabled me to get my degree from Calgary while living at home with
my parents and helping them with our family business & other chores.
When & Why You came to Canada
I am blessed that I was born in Calgary. While I was young, we used to
visit India often every year or two so I was fortunate to gauge as to how
many advantages I had as a youth in Canada. We often take regular
luxuries and advantages for granted so it was a humbling experience to be
able to go back home and see where my father grew up and how hard he
worked to be in the position he is today. He has grown his business many
fold and I have some big shoes to fill!
Your career advancement initiatives, volunteer work and present
My present work is that I am self employed. I run a firm called Sidhu
Investment Group (SIG). We are a boutique firm that specializes in
private equity, corporate restructure, and financing any Real Estate
including construction, refinance, commercial and residential. We help our
clients get access to the capital that they need in order to be successful in
any industry. We are fortunate to have worked with very large companies
and also helped a regular family get a mortgage for their dream home. We
can help with anything from a 250-unit apartment complex construction
loan, strip mall financing, builder loans and mortgages and even a first
time buyer to buy their first home with 5% down. Along with SIG I am in
many other industries personally involved including Tech, Commercial
assets, Hospitality, agriculture and multifamily assets.
Regarding career advancement, I would like to continue and grow with
what I am doing, I personally enjoy every single day because we get to
help our clients achieve their dreams and learn about so many different
industries. I would say my initiative is to help as many people as I can and
keep a reputation that is admirable in the community.
Volunteer work is also a passion but not something I am very public about,
we have a long standing family initiative that every year for the past 16
years or so we organize Cataract surgery camps back home in India for
underprivileged families and elderly. We do this 100% free of cost to the
families that come and it is usually a 2-3-day event where they are
diagnosed and then are taken to the hospital via bus to have the actual
surgery and then comeback the next day where their families can come
and collect them to take them home to rest. This was started by my
grandfather and has been continued on by my father and I am eager to
have this torch passed on to me and run. I am a believer in seeing the
money donated have a direct impact on lives and not have those precious
dollars wasted to “admin fees”. I think begin charity even buying a meal
for someone hungry.
Your Regret in Life
This is a great question and I may have an unusual answer for this! I
believe all the right or wrong someone has done in their lives or mistakes
that may have happened have turned you into who you are today. Of
course everyone makes mistakes or wishes they could re-do certain things
in life but I believe those experiences teach you something much more
valuable then success. Thus if I am happy with who I am today or the path
that I am on, I think it’s impossible to regret anything because its lead me
here. Without the rain & cold we would never appreciate the sunshine &
Pick Any One of Your Best Achievements
I would say my best achievements are my relationships. Without solid
relationships with friends, parents or clients there is really nothing. Work
achievements are great and so are personal achievements but without
having people to share them with they don’t hold as much value. I like to
think if I asked my parents or friends and family if they are proud of me or
if I am a reliable person and they say yes that’s the best achievement.
Were You Ever Discriminated?
Unfortunately, yes, when you are in a position of importance /
management in your work life I believe there is always some sort of
discrimination. It can come in many forms like you are too young, not
enough experienced or simply the colour of your skin or gender. In my life
when I face discrimination, I try to find out the reason for it and how I may
address the concern the other person may have. And if it’s something you
can not address if the person is stubborn. It’s better to just peacefully walk
away. Life is short and business is abundant. Therefore, make sure you are
treated the way you should be.
Are You Happy in Canada?
100%. Canada is fantastic and has every opportunity you could ask for. We
have so many niche markets that can be explored or industries that are in
for disruption. We have beautiful mountains and vast bodies of water.
From camping to City life some part of Canada has what you need, but it
does get very cold in some places so I wish I could turn up the thermostat
Any Comments on Canada’s Culture
Canada has a very diverse culture and experience; I think keeping an open
mind to new experiences is paramount to growth of oneself.
Any Comments on Canada’s Weather
Bi-polar if you live in Alberta ha-ha. I think we may be the only place you
can leave your house with the heat on in the car in the morning and have
the AC on in the afternoon!
What Brought You Success in Canada?
Success is subjective in my opinion. Some deem it to be financial or
freedom and some deem it to be happy healthy family. I think in any
regard to be successful requires consistency. Day in day out, if you are
able to complete the tasks on a day where you don’t want to you will be
Are You Willing to Help New Immigrants and How?
Yes of course! If my team can help with any mortgage question or
qualification for home buyers, please reach out at any time. If I can help in
any other way, please do ask and we can go from there!
Your Message for Canadians of Asian Origin
Stay together and help each other! At the end of the day we are all human
beings and the goal should always be to help one another in any way we
can. It could be a smile to help brighten someone’s day or pulling over and
helping change a tire. The size of the help doesn’t matter, the willingness
to help does! Compassion is the essence of our welcoming society.