Meet our team

In addition to fishing families, we’re also a team of bright, caring, hard-working folks!

Sonia Strobel

Co-founder & CEO

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

Co-founder & 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

COO

Chris has spent his career growing businesses that support environmental, social and cultural missions. He first worked with Skipper Otto 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

Operations 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.

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Liliane

Member since 2018

"I'm glad you have these community pickups available. Picking up there is super convenient! I've really enjoyed the delicious eating in our first year with you. I've long thought about joining and wasn't sure how it would work for us. It's been great! I've renewed for 2019 and look forward to another year of healthy and delicious eating with deep gratitude to the fishers!"