At Suskeena we treat our staff like family and are fortunate to have a hard working dedicated team on board.
With only a handful of us in the crew everyone gives 110% throughout the season to make Suskeena a world class fly-fishing destination for Steelhead in B.C. Check out our team!
Lodge Chef requirements - we are looking for an enthusiastic individual who can deliver excellence on a plate, and work independently as well as within a team, in a demanding cooking role. This position is a high end role, whereby you are expected to manage your own day, and cover every aspect of the kitchen from hot breakfast to a 3 course luxurious supper, food waste management & working with management for food ordering. Previous lodge cooking experience is strongly preferred, along with a great attitude to work in a camp environment with the rest of the team.
Lodge helper requirements - this person is integral to the team and works in a variety of areas in camp. Duties include daily cleaning of 5 en-suite cabins and the main lodge, serving breakfast and supper to our valued anglers, starting fires in our guest cabin wood stoves, readying lunch box coolers and working along side the chef to help with dishes and plating assistant if he/she needs. A bush savvy attitude is key, along with a desire to excel into the Steelhead industry with a hard working ethic. Serving It Right is essential, and Occupational First Aid Level 1 is preferred.
Angela Van Velzen; Owner & Operations Manager
Born and raised in England, Angela always had a sense for adventure and wanted the most out of life. She studied hard and graduated from the University of Southampton in England with a BA Hons Business and E-Commerce degree. She dove into a career in downtown busy London for 3 years as a Senior Sales Exec before realizing the quality of life was sub par to her passionate personality. She left with a bag full of ambition and set off around the world to travel for a year, enjoying many locations in the US, New Zealand and Asia. At the end of that year she found the beautiful province of British Columbia, Canada. It was here she found a love for fishing, hiking, biking, and dog sledding! She met her soulmate and now husband Eric along the way and they embarked on world domination together, hand in hand, for 10 years. They took a leap of faith and thanks to the support of their closest guests and friends purchased Suskeena Lodge in November 2015. The past 10 years have been a wild ride, embracing the Steelhead industry on a professional and personal level. Angela still leads an adventurous lifestyle with her loving husband and their two year old son Tucker, and with baby number two due in the fall; watch this space to see the Suskeena family grow once again!
Eric Van Velzen; Owner & Lodge Manager
A true British Columbian man raised in Mount Robson Provincial Park, Eric excelled in anything he put his hand to. Fly-fishing drew on him from a young age and was the result of a deep rooted early exposure to water and wild places. His choice to honor his heart and devote his personal and professional time to fly-fishing and working hard outdoors resulted in working at some of the top fly-fishing destinations around the world including Tierra del Fuego, the Bahamas, and the Canadian arctic and most importantly the Sustut River in British Columbia. Guiding on the Sustut for 10 years led to the life altering purchase of Suskeena Lodge with his wife Angela. He understands that hard work and commitment is key to delivering an excellent product and operation. With his incredible work ethic and professional standards he is committed to maintaining Suskeena Lodge as one of the finest fly-fishing lodges in the world… none of which could be done without his devoted and hard working wife Angela with whom they are enjoying the exciting adventure called parenthood!
Wes DeLange; Guide
Being a guide at Suskeena my role of helping anglers find, approach, entice, hook and land Wild Steelhead on the Sustut River has truly been a dream come true. I use the passion and enthusiasm that I have for Steelhead Fishing to help create the conditions for the best possible experience at each and every spot fished. The adventure of Steelhead Fishing is a never-ending pursuit into the unknown and has shaped my life in ways I could not have imagined. Pursuing these amazing creatures has not only brought me to some of the most awe-inspiring natural scenes, provided me with intense wildlife encounters, taught me a lot about patience and character, it has perhaps of greatest value, given me the opportunity to meet and create lasting friendships with some of the most remarkable people out there. My goal each day on the river is to be fully in tune with the moment, because when you get that first grab of the day or when you see a giant boil of water beneath your dry fly, time really does stand still and for that moment nothing else really matters.
Toby Gilbert; Guide
Toby was born into the mad clutches of a fly fishing family and spent most of his childhood knee deep in rivers. It was no surprise when he refused to get a 'proper job' and continued to chase fish across the globe. Toby now divides his time fishing for Salmon in Quebec, and guiding at Suskeena Lodge on the mighty Sustut River. He has a connection with the river and Anadromous species that is true to the heart, and an impressive track record to hone in and find the biggest and baddest fish of them all. When he isn't swinging flies he can be found with his three wonderful children and partner Gen carving the slopes out Eastern Canada and rock climbing various faces as a family unit.
Steve Scherling; Guide
Steve's passion for fishing and the outdoors began at an early age. His love for steelhead was nurtured on the remote rivers of Vancouver Island. Steve has spent time in destinations such as Mongolia and New Zealand, as well as fishing some of BC's best steelhead and trout waters. Summers guiding on the coast of Haida Gwaii for salmon and halibut helped fund Steve's steelhead pursuits, allowing him to spend many wet days living out of the back of a Toyota pickup in the Bulkley valley during the fall season. It also created a love for guiding, teaching and sharing BC's natural beauty with people from around the world. Deciding to make Terrace his home, Steve has spent the last decade guiding and fishing the Skeena region. When he's not chasing fish, Steve spends time split boarding the incredible mountain terrain around Terrace. A natural outdoorsman, the fabled Sustut River is a perfect fit for the next chapter in his ambitious guiding career.
Joanne Campbell; Company Rep
Your first physical point of contact at Suskeena when you land in beautiful Smithers B.C. Joanne is a publishing and marketing consultant, and previous publisher/owner of Northword Magazine and works as the “Fairy Bush Mother” gathering fresh food supplies, hardware, lumber, anything the lodge needs to help the ship sail. She meets and greets each individual at the airport upon arrival and ensures our valued guests are well organized and ready to depart on the private charter into the lodge. She is the main point of contact out in the ‘real world’ and more than willing to go the extra mile; a key component in Suskeenas smooth operation.
Storm & Taiga; Head of Security
These two Alaskan Huskies have the heart and soul of a Lion and work hard to ensure the safety of everyone in camp. Storm who is a 13 year old veteran of the Sustut has chased off a remarkable amount of bears in her day, and continues to do so with expert precision and skill. Taiga is 3 years old and learning from the wise and seasoned Storm. Taiga loves nothing more than to explore the great outdoors and run amongst the trees seeking out anything to play with. Both will greet you each day when you come off the river with a bark and tail wag eager to see if you can find the treat jar!