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.

Tianna Barton

Member Services Manager

Tianna grew up homesteading on ten rocky arbutus-covered acres on Cortes Island, with hours spent on the water and exploring tidepools on the west coast shoreline. A graduate of Emily Carr University, her award-winning art practice has gained her CBC coverage—her multi-disciplinary work dealing with socio-political issues, environmentalism and climate change. She is passionate about facilitating community and answering all of your Skipper Otto questions!

Aaron Clark

Facility and IT Manager

Aaron has been a Skipper Otto 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 Skipper Otto team.

Gordon Havelaar

Community Partner Manager

Gordon is an SFU dance graduate, occasional CSA farmhand and a wool spinner. He is proud to be a part of the Skipper Otto CSF team and contributing to local food security.

Peter Heusel

Financial Controller

Peter started his career in finance with an MBA and later became a CFA Charterholder. Along the way, he gathered a diverse financial background that included spot currency trading, derivatives trading, and institutional equity research before he transitioned into a financial controller over a decade ago. He enjoys the mission-based culture at Skipper Otto and loves working with numbers to help Skipper Otto and the CSF model grow!

Mike Joyce

Distribution Manager

Through work experience and education in the geological sciences, Mike has developed a deep reverence for Canada’s outdoors and fosters a keen interest in the sustainable exploitation of our natural resources. He cherishes the bustling life and cast of characters down at Fisherman’s Wharf and works eagerly to help the Skipper Otto distribution team meet their goals.

Celine Terfloth

Communications Manager

Celine has been with Skipper Otto since 2019, and comes from a background in Marine Biology. She has a passion for marine conservation and food system innovation; a combination that has led her to be a true advocate of the CSF model! She loves strengthening connections between Skipper Otto members and the fishing families behind their seafood, and this shines through in her role as Communications Manager.

Juan Pablo Brasdefer

Data and Operations Analyst

Juan is a bright young graduate from UBC that believes businesses hold the power (and responsibility!) to change the world and environment for the better. Coming to us from an economics and data science background, he relishes in diving through numbers and information to answer questions and provide insight while helping our operations run smoothly! An avid swimmer and lover of Vancouver’s aquatic landscapes, we might just find ourselves fishing him up one of these days!

Jeff Scott

Sustainable Fisheries Researcher

Jeff started on the Distribution Team in 2015 while he was working on his fisheries management MSc. at UBC's Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries. He's spent many years working as a fisheries observer in US waters, and as a field biologist for the International Pacific Halibut Commission in BC and Alaska. In addition to Jeff's work on the Distribution Team, he has also helped Skipper Otto enormously in their research on sustainable salmon fisheries.

Emily Cook

Distribution Team

Emily is originally from Gitsegukla, a village on the Skeena River. Her lineage is Gitxsan on her maternal side, and comes from the Giskast Clan. Her wilp is Hanamaux – Don Ryan, and her Gitxsan name is Ama Mesa – "sitting pretty". Her patrilineal side is Kwakwa̱ka̱ʼwakw; her father is a ‘Namgis First Nation fisherman Alert Bay. Emily’s Kwak̓wala name is T̓łaḵwagiladza̱mg̱a – copper woman. Growing up in a family of traditional harvesters and fishermen on northern Vancouver Island, she has always had a passion for seafood and living sustainably in our lands and waters. After moving to the city, Emily completed her training at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, as well as an Associate Degree in Social Work from Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. She is pleased to bring her skill and enthusiasm to her position with the Skipper Otto team, as well as her extensive knowledge of food safety and excellent customer service. Emily looks forward to meeting folks in her daily interactions and is pleased to be at your service!

Keanna Burns

Distribution Team, Part-Time

Keanna studied Marine Biology and Sustainability at Dalhousie University, and is currently researching global fisheries at UBC's Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries. Through work experience in national and international non-profit organizations, she grew interested in sustainable fisheries, social innovation, and community-based initiatives, making Skipper Otto her ideal place to be! In her downtime, she enjoys yoga and creative writing.

Francisco Henao Diaz

Distribution Team, Part-Time

Francisco is a PhD student in Zoology at UBC. He is focused in evolutionary biology, geography and mountains. He also works in tropical conservation in his native Columbia. Francisco enjoys Latin dance, running and working with Skipper Otto’s distribution team!

Charlie Kantowicz

Distribution Team, Part-Time

Hazel Maxwell

Distribution Team, Part-Time

Growing up in Kitimat, BC, Hazel spent every weekend in the Douglas Channel fishing, beach combing, inspecting tide pools, watching whales and sea lions and staying in a cabin her parents built. She left after high school to pursue her BA from UBC, and went on to complete a Diploma in Forensic Science. Now she's passing her love of fishing onto her kids, fishing off the Sunshine Coast on a boat that her husband built. In her spare time, Hazel is a felt artist.

Juan Millan

Distribution Team, Part-Time

Martin Story-Kapusta

Distribution Team, Part-Time

Martin lives for new experiences, and working with the distribution team within Skipper Otto has been a blast! He is currently working to set up his own self-practice as a creative therapist, and loves to work on creative projects outside of work, alongside being a steady meditation practitioner. He found out about Skipper Otto through Jeff Scott, whereupon hearing about the sustainability and responsible practice of the company, desired to join immediately due to wanting to be a part of a healthy change in our food industry.

Mauro Suguwara

Distribution Team, Part-Time

Mauro is a 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.

Jessika Woroniak

Distribution Team, Part-Time

Jessika is an avid beachcomber with dreams of someday becoming a voice for the oceans. She is currently involved in fisheries research at UBC’s Institute for Ocean and Fisheries and completing her master’s degree in Public Policy and Global Affairs. Being down at the Fisherman’s Wharf, however, is always the best part of her day. She absolutely loves meeting all of those involved in the short supply chain.

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Scott

Member since 2018

"This is an amazing service. I love that the food is from right outside my window and I can walk to pick up the catch. Plus we keep local people working. :)"