Administrative Staff

Elizabeth Batista
Interim Executive Director

Elizabeth moved to BC from Ontario decades ago and is proud to call Richmond her home. Having temporarily stepped aside as Board Chair, Elizabeth is excited about her transition to the role of Interim Executive Director for the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society. She is grateful to continue serving in this new role, and looks forward to meeting all our community partners and sharing everything the Cannery has to offer!  

Rob Hart
Senior Manager, Operations

Raised in Richmond, and a graduate of Steveston High, Rob left the area to work in heritage tourism and transportation with BC Rail. He was pleased and surprised to return to work in Steveston at a world-class site like the Gulf of Georgia Cannery. Rob has a B.A. in Asian Studies and manages the Cannery Store, rentals, and administrative functions for the Society.

Heidi Rampfl
Collections Manager

As a lifelong lover of all things historic (as well as a bit of a packrat), Heidi has found her ideal job working with the Cannery’s artifact and archival collections. She believes that you can never know too much about the collection and is always ready to roll up her sleeves and do a little research. If you’ve got a question or have something new to add to our collection, she’s the one to talk to.

Andrea Park
Visitor Services Manager

For as long as she can remember, Andrea’s passion has been the ocean. That led her to earning a BSc in Biology, and well over a decade as an interpreter at the Vancouver Aquarium. She is inspired by interpretation, and sees it as the way to share Steveston’s rich history, as well as its present-day connection to salmon and the Salish Sea. Andrea loves to meet our visitors, hear their stories, and find out what brings them to the Cannery.

Krystal Newcombe
Manager of Audience Engagement

Hailing from Ontario, Krystal has studied and worked within the heritage field for almost a decade. Starting with a bachelors degree in North American Archaeology and a Masters degree in International Cultural Heritage Management, Krystal is dedicated to supporting heritage sites and professionals in their pursuit to conserving and promoting the cultural heritage of this land. Her particular focus is on including diverse voices within the museum landscape, and ensuring access to these heritage resources for all groups.

Monica Lambton
Education Programs Coordinator

Originally from Ottawa, Monica comes to the Cannery with a Master’s Degree in Education and over 20 years of experience. With a passion for the ocean and mountains, she can’t believe her luck in landing a job in Steveston where she gets a view of both every day! After years of facilitating education programs with adults, Monica is enjoying working with kids again.  Monica has extensive experience on the topics of sustainability and Indigenous reconciliation and looks forward to integrating that focus into the history of West Coast fishing.

Pam Andrews
Visitor Services Coordinator

Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Pam comes to the Cannery on the heels of a decade spent travelling, learning, and canning her own food. After spending time in Eastern Canada, Pam is thrilled to be back on the West Coast. With her passion for local history, and a dedication to education, Pam loves talking with visitors, hearing their stories, and sharing the history of Steveston with them.

Kim Anderson
Maintenance Officer

A former fisherman, Kim has extensive experience working in engine rooms. Kim has an uncanny ability to construct exhibits, repair virtually any part of the Cannery building, and drive a forklift. Kim’s favourite part of his job is working with all the great people on staff. His personal motto is, “I would rather just go build something!”

Diana Smith
Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Born and raised in the Lower Mainland, Diana has worked with not-for-profits since she graduated from SFU with her BA is Communications, Art, and Technology. She is excited to join the Cannery team, and to utilize her passion for digital marketing in this new role. You can find Diana at any local thrift store with a bubble tea in hand!

Ben Geisberg
Public Programs Coordinator

Hailing from the USA, attending UBC landed Ben in Vancouver almost a decade ago. After completing an Honours History degree, he found his home in the heritage and museum world and is dedicated to making history fun and accessible. As a passionate historian, Ben loves getting visitors involved with the Cannery and sharing this unique and exciting slice of BC history. In his off time, Ben can be found reading, skiing, going to concerts, or fencing.

Front-Line Staff

Senior Interpreter

Favourite part of my job: Meeting people from different places and walks of life while sharing our heritage.
I’m inspired by: Local history and stories.
I speak: French and English fluently. I can say “thank you” in at least 8 other languages!

Senior Interpreter

When I was little, I wanted to be: A teacher.
I’m inspired by: My lovely co-workers.
My one superpower would be: Invisibility.
I speak: English.

Senior Interpreter

Favourite part of my job: Surprising visitors with awesome Cannery facts.
I’m inspired by: Nature & music.
My guilty pleasure is: Anything chocolate & Taiwanese chicken nuggets.
I speak: English.

Senior Interpreter

Favourite part of my job: Talking to guests about the natural world and the history of the local area.
When I was little, I wanted to: Work with animals and the environment.

I speak: English.

Head Interpreter

Favourite part of my job: Being located in Steveston.
My superpower would be:
Mind reading.

When I was little, I wanted to be: A Zookeeper.

I speak: English.

Senior Interpreter

Favourite part of my job: Greeting visitors and hearing how the cannery stories related to them.
When I was little, I wanted to be:
An explorer.

I’m inspired by: Travel.

My guilty pleasure is: Smoked salmon

I speak: English.

Cannery Store sales associate

Favourite part of my job: Meeting with and talking to customers. I love trying out different restaurants around Richmond, especially sushi!
I speak: English, Filipino and Mandarin.


Favourite part of my job: Learning more about the ‘cannery stories’ of those who used to work here.
I’m inspired by: Everyone I meet.
When I was little I wanted to be: A geologist.
I speak: English and French.


Favourite part of my job: Meeting new people and socializing with customers!

My superpower would be: Invisibility. 

My guilty pleasure is: Taki chips!!!
I speak: English.


Favourite part of my job: Getting to talk to people about history or telling them fun facts about the site.
My one superpower would be: To control the elements or the weather.

No matter how much I try, I can’t stop: Buying books.

I speak: English.


Favourite part of my job: Coworkers and meeting new people.
I’m inspired by: Animals, nature and my friends!

My guilty pleasure is: Bubble tea.

I speak: English.


Favourite part of my job: Getting to meet and talk to lots of new and interesting people.

My superpower would be: Teleportation. 

My guilty pleasure is: Ice cream.

I speak: English, Tagalog, and a tiny bit of French.


Favourite part of my job: Talking to people about history and learning about the lives of people who used to work at the Cannery.

When I was little I wanted to be: A teacher. 

No matter what much I try, I can’t stop: Buying new books faster than I can read them!

I speak: English, French, and conversational German.