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!
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, and with the birth of baby Tucker in April 2019 the journey just get's better and better!
Eric Van Velzen; Owner, Lodge Manager & Guide
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.
Kylie Tokairin; Lodge Host & Helper
Hi, I am Kylie. I am the lodge "all-rounder" camp helper at Suskeena Lodge. Helping with food prep and keeping the lodge and cabins clean, warm and tidy. In the off-season I work as a fishing guide on Haida Gwaii, and as a lifeguard and Aqua-fit instructor. The remainder of my time is spent at home in the Okanagan region in Southern B.C doing other activities I enjoy such as fishing, hiking, climbing, curling and travelling. My adventurous soul has taken me to many incredible destinations around the world to travel and soak up the great things in life. I look forward to embracing the plentiful work opportunities that the fishing industry can expose me too. Look forward to seeing you at the lodge!
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.
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.
Sage Hartland; Chef
Sage grew up surrounded by the mountains of British Columbia. She has always been in the kitchen, raised in a family just as passionate about food as she is, so it was a natural fit for her to go to cooking school. She completed her Red Seal in Nelson, BC, where she's worked as a Sous Chef and then Chef for the past few years and is now excited to take on a new challenge. Sage has a passion for working with local produce and high-quality sustainable meats, and simply letting the ingredients speak for themselves. In the off season she enjoys fishing, hiking, and travelling the world, finding new amazing foods to try.
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 10 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 11 months 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!