Excellent Leadership Creates the Topper’s Culture
Resulting in Award-Winning Pizza Served by Excellent People

We believe that the strength of any franchise operation lies in the strength of its leaders. In our case, the Toppazzini brothers, Keith and Kelly have been at the forefront of the franchise since its inception. Together, they lead a team of “excellent people”—bright, energetic professionals who are anxious to grow with Topper’s Pizza.

Keith Toppazzini, CO-CEO

Keith began his career with Topper’s Pizza in 1982 focusing on store operations; he jointly operated the first location along with his father, Ron Toppazzini. After completing his studies, Keith returned to the family business in 1985 and spearheaded operational excellence within the pizzerias. Continuing to excel in all areas of the business, Keith drove execution of operations and quality standards within the franchise system. Keith was instrumental in formulating the franchise expansion plan and today coaches his team to continued success. Keith is extremely active in the community and within the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA), Rotary Club, Canadian Association of Family Enterprises (CAFE) and the International Franchise Association (IFA).

Kelly Toppazzini, CO-CEO

Kelly joined the Topper’s team part time in 1982, and became full time in 1985 after earning his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Laurentian University. He has held many positions within the organization including Director of Computer and Phone Services, Franchise Director, Director of Finance and now CO-CEO. He and his brother Keith presently are responsible for the day-to-day operations and long-term strategic planning of the Topper’s Pizza brand. Kelly has been actively engaged in the line of business associated with the franchise for nearly 30 years, including participation in the CFA, CAFE and IFA.

Emaan Toppazzini, Director of Menu Innovation

In the beginning, Emaan started working at Topper’s pizza part time just to help out in the family business while attending University. Upon graduating, she decided she wanted to commit all of her time to Topper’s Pizza and its development. Emaan has now been with the company for over 25 years; she has worked as a Manager, Regional Supervisor and Marketing Director. For the last 10 years she has focused her time on Product Development. She loves cooking and experimenting with food and spices and has created many of Topper’s pizza recipes and sauces.

Shelley Speal, Director of Operations

Shelley brings to the Topper’s Pizza team more than 20 years of experience exclusively in the restaurant industry. Her roles have been diverse over her career, with experience in Franchise Consulting, Operations, Training, Project Management, Sales & Labour, Purchasing and Product Development.

Innovation drives the future direction of Topper’s Pizza.