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Hygieia Networking & Leadership Conference – Workplace Allies: The Power of Having Someone in Your Corner


Apr 25 2024


9:00 am - 6:15 pm


Mississauga, Ontario
3670 Hurontario Street, Mississauga, Ontario L5B 1P3

Delta Hotels Toronto Mississauga


See pricing options below. 


Turning Good Intentions into Real Impact: Gender Equality and Allyship at Work

Karen Craggs-Milne, is a leading go-to expert for organizations that are serious about getting gender equality right. In this informative and interactive session, Karen will help us understand what it takes to achieve gender equality and promote Allyship in the cleaning industry.

  • At a sectoral level, participants will learn about key gender issues impacting the cleaning industry and how to address them effectively.
  • On an institutional level, Karen will introduce her signature framework for achieving gender equality in the workplace, highlighting examples of best practices and important questions that participants can apply to their own organizations.
  • On an individual level, participants will gain a deeper understanding of what Allyship really means and take away practical tips and strategies that will equip all of us to become impactful Allies for each other – at work and in our personal lives.
  • Whether it is under a tree in a rural village in Ghana or in a Board room of Executives, Karen’s authentic and engaging approach promises to educate, transform and inspire you into meaningful action. 
  • By the end of the session, each participant will have their own mini-action plan with concrete next steps to move them from good intentions to real impact.

This conference is ideal for first level managers, supervisors and mid – to senior leadership.

Hotel Reservations

Delta Hotels Toronto Mississauga
3670 Hurontario Street

Mississauga, Ontario

For your convenience, conference attendees can book their hotel stay at a special rate. Book your reservation here.

Hotel Reservation Deadline: Reserve your hotel by March 31st and save 40%. After March 31st, rooms will be subject to current room rates and availability.





9:00 – 10:00 AM Check-in & Continental Breakfast  

10:00 – 10:15 AM 

Welcome and Kick-off

Dr. Felicia L. Townsend
Program Director

ISSA Hygieia Network

Shannon Hall
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Dustbane Products, Ltd

10:15 – 12:30 PM

(Break – 11:15 AM)

Kick-off Workshop:
Turning Good Intentions into Real Impact:
Gender Equality and Allyship at Work

Karen Craggs-Milne
Conscious Equality Inc.

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Networking Lunch


1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Be Inspired Panel Discussion and Q&A

Moderator: Shannon Hall

Lori Armitage
Canadian Sales Manager – Strategic Accounts


Tom Fournier

ISSA Canada’s Distributor Council

Jenny Lawson
Director of Human Resources

Bunzl Canada

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM


All attendees

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM

Group Mentoring Session

Led by Industry Leaders

3:45 PM – 4:30 PM

Dress for Success Purse Drive 

All attendees

4:30 PM – 4:45 PM


Felicia Townsend and Shannon Hall

4:45 PM – 6:15 PM

Networking Reception



Fees & Registration
USD Currency:
ISSA Member: $89 USD 

Nonmember $119 USD
Canadian Currency:
ISSA Member: $135.60 CAD

Nonmember: $180.80 CAD
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If you wish to register 10 or more team members, you can take advantage of our group discounts.  Register 10-24 attendees and receive a 10% discount. Register 25+ attendees and receive a 25% discount.

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Please note the form below is for USD currency only.

Interested in registering a large group?
For inquries about group ordering, please contact the event organizer.

Hygieia Network


Hygieia Network
(224) 534-5059


  • Tom Fournier
    Tom Fournier
    Chair, ISSA Canada’s Distributor Council

    Tom Fournier is the chair of ISSA Canada’s Distributor Council.

    After a successful career as a senior sales leader with Kimberly-Clark Professional, Tom founded his own consulting practice, the Shade’s Mills Group in 2018. He is a highly recognized thought leader on sales strategies and sales models. He draws upon his research and consulting work on B2B sales to help both distributors and manufacturers with a particular emphasis on the cleaning and hygiene sector.

    Most recently, Tom has also been serving as the Chief Executive Officer for MarketsConnection, a new business start-up that is a multi vendor marketplace supporting distributors and manufacturers in the B2B space.

    Tom holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Western Ontario. He has been trained in variety of sales methodologies, business coaching, managing for performance, team management, managing diversity and inclusion, value and pricing management and targeted selection interviewing/hiring.

  • Jenny Lawson
    Jenny Lawson
    Director of Human Resources, Bunzl Canada

    Jenny Lawson is a Senior Human Resource professional and a results-focused leader who delivers talent management strategies, retention and motivation solutions that help companies harness the full power of one of their most valuable assets – their people! With broad experience in employee relations, change management, organizational effectiveness and leadership. Jenny has spent the last eight years of her career with Bunzl Canada, leading the HR and talent development function and the successful integration of over thirteen acquisitions. Passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion, she also chairs the Bunzl Canada DEI Committee, and is an Advisory Board member of Inspiring Women In Bunzl.

  • Lori Armitage
    Lori Armitage
    Canadian Sales Manager – Strategic Accounts, Essity

    Lori Armitage is a motivated, dynamic sales leader with over 20 years of successful sales management for Essity, a global professional hygiene company. She is a devoted wife to her husband Dan and mother to two golden retrievers, Quincey and Lincoln. Lori is a high-energy, hands-on sales manager with the ability to teach, mentor, and motivate her team, resulting in high performance results year over year.

    She is a seven-time Sales Award Winner and was recognized as one of the Top 50 Most Inspiring Employees globally within her organization. Lori is a self-directed leader with talents in diversifying networks, product offerings and pricing strategies to drive growth with value-added solutions. She is a Co-Author of “Women Let’s Rise” – a book written to inspire women to power up, step out; empower and encourage one another to thrive and lead. Lori loves change and embraces new challenges, both good and bad. She believes everything happens for a reason, and that negative experiences and loss can only make you stronger, more resilient, and more appreciative of life and love.

  • Karen Craggs-Milne
    Karen Craggs-Milne
    CEO, Conscious Equality Inc.

    Karen Craggs Milne is a leading global go-to expert for organizations who want to get equality work right. A proud Kenyan Canadian, Karen Craggs Milne is a recognized global expert with over 20 years of international experience promoting equity, diversity, anti- racism, gender equality, and inclusion.

    Karen is an Obama White House recognized Gender Equality Changemaker (2016) and a Global Goodwill Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goals (2018), LinkedIn Global Super Hero (2020), and a Top 100 Canadian Professional (2020).
    As Founder and CEO of Conscious Equality Incorporated, Karen works globally with NGOs, Corporations, and Governments to deliver on their equality mandates intentionally and with real impact.

    Karen Craggs Milne’s passion is to educate and equip others on this work. She offers mastermind groups for leaders, organizational assessments, 1-on-1 coaching and training on topics such as workplace sexual harassment and bullying, creating inclusive respectful workplaces, dismantling anti-racism in business, using your privilege to be an effective ally, walking the talk on diversity and inclusion, how to address system discrimination, among others.

    Whether it is under a tree in a rural village in Ghana or a boardroom with C-Suite Executives, Karen’s authentic and engaging approach promises to educate, transform and inspire you into meaningful action.

    Karen Craggs Milne expertise in Anti-Racism & Anti-Oppression, Anti-discrimination, Effective Allyship, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, Workplace Harassment & Bullying, Resolving Workplace Conflict, Gender Equality & Inclusion, Sexual Harassment, Gender-Based Analysis Plus & Intersectionality, Gender Mainstreaming, and Gender Responsive and Inclusive Programs Inclusive Workplaces.

    Karen Craggs Milne clients include: Adidas & Reebok Canada, AANDC (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada), Africa Files, AXOR Experts-Conseils, Breakview Inc, Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), Canadian Christian Crossroads International (CCCI), Canadian Cooperative Association (CCA), Canadian Crossroads International (CCI), Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA), Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO), Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) And many Great organizations in Canada.

  • Shannon Hall
    Shannon Hall
    Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Dustbane Products Ltd

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