Meet Our Team

Sonia Strobel

Managing Director

Sonia married into the Strobel family in 2001 and quickly became involved in helping connect Otto’s sustainably harvested seafood with friends and family in Vancouver. She worked in a variety of community-based organizations, non-profits, and as a high school teacher for many years, striving for social and environmental justice. Sonia has been a member of Community Supported Agriculture programs since the early 90’s and brought her knowledge of CSA’s to the family fishery, first conceiving of the idea for the CSF in 2008.

Shaun Strobel

Lead Fisherman

Shaun is Skipper Otto’s son, who began fishing with his father when he was just 7 years old. In addition to fishing, Shaun selects and maintains solid relationships with other fishermen and navigates the complex logistics of getting fish from the hands of our fishermen to the hands of our members. Dismayed at the dwindling salmon fishing fleet in the wake of the big business Seine fleet and fish farms, Shaun wrote an M.A. thesis at SFU on the labour history of fishing in BC. Shaun was a high school Social Studies teacher for many years, taught SCUBA diving, and is a technical diver.

Chris Kantowicz

Director of Operations

Chris has spent his career growing businesses that support environmental, social and cultural missions. He first worked with Skipper Otto’s in 2014 as their business coach at the Sauder School of Business’ Centre for Social Innovation & Impact Investing. Chris has an MBA from the Sauder School of Business at UBC and genuinely enjoys all his strategic business planning and financial management responsibilities.

Lizzy DuGuay

Member Services Manager

 Lizzy comes to us from a career in Human Resources at UBC bringing her exceptional interpersonal, problem solving, logistics, and coordination skill set. Her degree in Human Geography helped develop her interests in the intersections between social and environmental justice and community. Lizzy genuinely loves getting to know people, supporting them, and working to make meaningful connections with them! Her values, skills, and interests make her a great fit for the Skipper Otto’s team!

Jeff Scott

Distribution Team

Jeff is a Master’s student in the Fisheries Science program at UBC. He spent 6 years working as a Fisheries Observer around the US and is excited to be working on the Distribution team at Skipper Otto’s.

Sahir Advani

Distribution Team

Sahir is a doctoral student at the UBC Fisheries Centre. He hails from India where he has done research with indigenous fishing communities in the Andaman Islands. You’ll find him working proudly on the Distribution team at Skipper Otto’s.

Gordon Havlaar

Distribution Team

Gordon is a performing artist and recent graduate from Simon Fraser University’s School for Contemporary Arts.  Raised on Saltspring Island he loves exploring tide pools, swimming and has a new passion for spinning wool.  As a previous CSA member he is proud to now be a part of the Skipper Otto’s CSF, contributing to local food security.

Juliano Palacios

Distribution Team

Juliano is a first year doctoral student at the UBC Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries. His work focus on the social-ecological impacts of climate change in the distribution of fish. As a Biologist Juliano hopes to improve his knowledge on the social aspects of fisheries while working in Skipper Otto. If he is not selling fish, he is eating fish, diving with fish, or working with fish data, he’s all about fish-stuff!

Jessika Woroniak

Distribution Team

Jessika grew up ice fishing in the Montreal winters and angling off her canoe in the summer. She is an avid beachcomber and an aspiring marine biology researcher with dreams of someday becoming a voice for the oceans. She is currently involved in a fisheries research project at UBC’s Institute for Ocean and Fisheries aimed at quantifying the effort put towards fishing worldwide. She has recently joined the Skipper Otto distribution team to complement her research and gain a better understanding of marine fisheries on a smaller scale here in BC.

Aaron Clarke

Distribution Team

Aaron has been a Skipper Otto’s member for many years and loves being a part of this food community. Aaron has a background in music composition, engineering and producing, as well as technology & systems. His diverse skillset, ability to learn quickly, and his can-do attitude make him a great asset to the distribution team.

Pedro Daher

Distribution Team

Pedro is born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is currently working towards a master’s degree at the Gender, Race, and Sexuality & Social Justice Institute at UBC. He tries his best to support small families’ properties rights and production and social movements that fight against land concentration in favor of giant corporations. He’s happy to work at Skipper Otto’s as a way of supporting a fair working relations, feeding into his goal in life to bring about social justice.

Christina Adams & Greg Merner

Brand Development & Online Marketing

Antenna Social Media & Design is our primary marketing partner, helping us tell our story on social media, the website, labels and signage. Christina, with the help of Antenna’s team, provides marketing advice, social media strategic planning, and web improvements. Greg’s creative direction has helped our brand stand out and he continues to develop our look and feel.

Darah Gibson

Distribution Team

Darah grew up in Ladner in a commercial gillnetting family and she just completed her Master’s degree at UBC at the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries. Her thesis focused on the socio-economic contribution of small-scale fisheries in BC so, working for Skipper Otto’s is a natural fit.

Justin Tien

Distribution Team

Justin is completing his Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting at UBC and loves to apply his technical business skills to make a positive impact. He enjoys learning through a variety of work and is excited to delve into the BC fishing industry!

Kiera Vandeborne

Distribution Team

Kiera holds a degree in Environmental Governance and is passionate about the connection between environmental and human health. Kiera is the Community Development Director for T. Buck Suzuki Foundation, where she supports coastal development through capacity building within the young fishing fleet, and through advocating for informed fisheries policy and marine planning. She is excited to be apart of the Skipper Otto team and to complement her work in supporting BC fishermen, ensuring there is a sustainable future for fishing on our coast.

Mauro Suguwara

Distribution Team

Mauro is a second-year PhD student at UBC. He is broadly interested in Ecology and Evolution, and has been involved in several science outreach initiatives back in Brazil. When not enjoying a good soccer game or playing some chess, he’s proudly working at Skipper Otto’s distribution team.

Rocío Lopez de la Lama

Distribution Team

Rocío is a Peruvian biologist that has come all the way to Canada in order to pursuit a PhD at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at UBC. She has worked with several fishing communities back in Peru, in order to find the best sustainable and responsible practices in benefit of marine ecosystems and local communities. She is quite excited to become a part of Skipper Otto’s team, and looks forward to get to know as much as possible about Canadian fish, fishers and fisheries! 

Santiago de la Puente Jeri

Distribution Team

Santiago is Peruvian PhD student at UBC’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries. He studies the ecological and human dimensions of the Humboldt Current, with emphasis on fisheries economics and governance. He has recently joined Skipper Otto’s distribution team to learn more about BC fishes and seafood retail in Vancouver. He hopes that this experience will help him identify ways to foster community supported fisheries back home.

Oliver Strobel

Deck Hand

Oliver is the oldest son of Sonia and Shaun, Skipper Otto’s first grandson, and a 3rd generation fisherman. Dreaming of a better world for her son, his mother, Sonia, first conceived of the idea for the CSF right after Oliver was born in May, 2008. Oliver has been going out on fish boats since he was 3 months old and started deck handing when he was just 5 years old. He loves swimming, fishing, and “working” at fish pick-ups. Oliver hopes to be a fisherman when he grows up.

Lyndon Strobel

Deck Hand

Lyndon is the second son of Sonia and Shaun and was was born in July, 2011, right at the height of the 2011 CSF season! Lyndon’s first fishing trip was when he was just a few weeks old, and, like his older brother, he has been raised with the sounds and smells of fishing ever since. Lyndon loves to tell people that “we are a fishing family” and feels as much at home on the boat as he does in his own house. Perhaps he, too, will carry on the family fishing tradition!