Renée Downs

Program Director

Renée Downs admits to being overly excited at times about being part of the BlogJam team. Her mantra being, “organize the conference you most want to attend.” With a little help from some new friends, BlogJam Atlantic was created! Renée has over ten years of program coordinating experience having worked with the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University Continuing Professional DevelopmentMount Saint Vincent University, Zed Events, and, most recently, E-Source Events. Renée is also a published author, avid writer, and unapologetic book lover. You can find her reading at the local library or celebrating other writers at the annual Giller Light Bash.


Kerra Aucoin Mansfield

Social Media & Marketing Director

Kerra Aucoin Mansfield has a marketing background with over 10 years’ experience in marketing, event planning, and social media. With a passion for social media and a wanting to improve her blogging abilities, getting involved in BlogJam was a no brainer for this social media maven. Connect with Kerra on her business account KA Social Media on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Visit her website at and be sure to check out her blog Eat Drink & Be You.


Krista Montelpare

Creative Director

Krista Montelpare is an editor by profession, a feminist by conviction, and an environmentalist by nature. She believes that a rising tide raises all ships and that inclusion is the key to effective and lasting community building — particularly in the world of social media. Krista joined the BlogJam Team to help create an event that will showcase and elevate the blogging endeavours of any and all interested participants. Krista welcomes you to engage with her on Twitter or Instagram. Please read her blog, where she writes about feminism, food, and living gently upon the earth.


Michelle Doucette


Michelle Doucette is a visual storyteller. Focusing on food, lifestyle and portrait photography, she shares east coast stories of how people connect through local business and local food. The BlogJam Atlantic Team has welcomed her on board with open arms as our photographer and resident foodie. You can visit Michelle on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. Be sure to check out her delicious blog at East Coast Food Stories.



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