Krista Montelpare

Creative Director

Krista Montelpare is an expert in creative communications and social storytelling via her company, Gather & Echo, based in Cape Breton. 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 united with the BlogJam founders to create an event that showcases and elevates the work of any and all interested bloggers, regardless of stage, scope, or style. Krista welcomes you to engage with her on Twitter or Instagram. She writes love letters on her blog


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.




Legacy Partners


Ali Breen

Millennials Career Coach Ali Breen believes that your career can and should be a reflection of who you are and how you want to be in the world. She uses story-based, narrative coaching to help people get clear about what they want and how & when they can actually get it. “As a beginner in blogging and social/digital marketing, the BlogJam community was instrumental in helping me shape these parts of my business and life. I joined the event team to co-create this space for new and constant community members, to give back, and to grow.” With 9+ years in the career and human resources fields, Ali is certified as a Holistic Narrative Career Professional. She offers a refreshing break and realistic divergence from the cookie-cutter career advice and tools that are outdated and (mostly) broken. She blogs for career professionals in her field here. She also lives out loud on Instagram. 


Renée Downs

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

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.


Christine Larade

Christine Larade is one of the founders of BlogJam Atlantic and an integral part of building our annual blogger’s event. She’s a bilingual communications professional and proud Cape Bretoner. You can follow her on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn.

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