Management Team

All Freshwater Fish operations and corporate decision-making is managed by a seven-member Management Team.

The Management Team works tirelessly to ensure fishers receive the most they can for their catch, customers receive the highest quality wild-caught products possible and our own employees experience the most productive, supportive workplace in the industry.

Stan Lazar - President

Stan Lazar is a results-oriented senior executive with extensive financial and operational experience gained in national and international corporations. Stan’s professional background, and strong organizational, analytical and decision-making skills merge to provide effective fiscal leadership for Freshwater Fish. Interpersonal and communication skills make him the valued leader of the executive team. Stan enjoys the opportunity to work with fishers and employees to contribute to Freshwater Fish’s success today and ensure continued growth in the future.

Susan YoungSusan Young - Vice-President of Human Resources and Government Services

Susan Young, CPHR, SHRM-SCP, is a graduate of the University of Manitoba, with over 15 years' experience in Human Resources management. During her career with various industry leading organizations, she has successfully developed and effectively implemented strategic initiatives related to improving culture, talent assessment, succession planning, performance management, and effective labour relations. She is committed to strengthening the human resources profession in Manitoba, upholding the highest standards of practice.

Eddie Campbell – Vice-President of Sales and Marketing

Eddie Campbell is a seasoned sales and marketing professional, with progressive experience with national and international consumer packaged goods companies. His proactive, practical approach to leadership and his can-do attitude have produced excellent results and the development of top-tier teams across Canada. He understands the dynamics of channel marketing and builds lasting relationships and mutually-beneficial outcomes with all stakeholders. Eddie has tackled new and diverse assignments throughout his career that have allowed him the opportunity to live and work in Calgary, Vancouver, Halifax and now Winnipeg.

Denis Lavallee - Controller

Denis Lavallee, CPA, CA, has worked with a number of Winnipeg's industry-leading organizations throughout his career. He is a professional with excellent analytical and systems development skills. Denis has a proven track record of providing strong financial leadership to the private and publicly-held organizations he has served.

Dawn Kjarsgaard - Director of Plant Operations

Dawn Kjarsgaard graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree and a double major in food science and applied microbiology. She has held a position as Lead Auditor at ISO. Her career in food sciences spans 28 years, 22 of which are invested at Freshwater. Hired as the HACCP Coordinator, she was promoted in the QA Department to Supervisor, Manager, and Director QA and Technical Services, to her current position as Director of Plant Operations (2016).

Dave Bergunder - Vice-President of Field Operations

Dave Bergunder began his lifelong career with Freshwater Fish when he was a Bachelor of Science student at the University of Manitoba. From a part-time dock worker in Selkirk, he graduated to a full-time employee stationed in Fort Chippewa (AB), the Gunnar fish plant in Lake Athabasca (SK), and in northern Manitoba. He was promoted to Zone Manager in Hay River, NWT from 1980 to 2000. Then he was promoted to FIeld Operations Manager in Winnipeg's head office, Director of the department,and currently Vice-President of Field Operations. He supervises 3 regional and 2 field office managers. A professional, well-respected expert with a flawless record of dedicated performance, Dave has logged countless miles across Canada supporting and serving Freshwater's 1600+ producers.