Topper's Pizza (Canadian restaurant)
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|Founded||Sudbury, Ontario, Canada (1982)|
|Headquarters||Sudbury, Ontario, Canada (Corporate Office)|
Number of locations
|Keith Toppazzini (President & COO)
Kelly Toppazzini (Chairman & CEO)
|Products||Pizza, Wings, TopperSticks™, Topperottis, Salads, Desserts, Drinks, Dipping Sauces|
Topper's Pizza Canada is a Canadian chain of pizzerias. The chain was launched in 1982 in Sudbury, Ontario by Ron Toppazzini as Mr. Topper's Pizza. The chain has 35 locations throughout Ontario.
Giuseppi Toppazzini relocated to Canada in 1904 from Italy and opened up a bakery called Toppazzini Bakery in Toronto's Little Italy. The company was passed down from Toppazzini to son Bruce Toppazzini, then Ron Toppazzini. Ron Toppazzini, third generation of the family, turned their Italian bread recipe into pizza dough in 1970. Mr. Topper’s Pizza was founded by Ron Toppazzini in 1982. After two years, the restaurant was successful enough to expand. The most recent owners, Keith Toppazzini, president of Topper's Franchise Company and Kelly Toppazzini, chairman and CEO, sons of Ron Toppazzini, shortened the company name to Topper’s Pizza. As Topper's Pizza, the company has grown in Ontario to more than 37 locations.
Human rights case
On September 14, 2013, Toppers Pizza in Georgetown fired an employee after discovering she was pregnant. The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario determined this was illegal and ordered the store manager to complete a training course on human rights. Toppers was ordered to pay the woman $20,000.
In a statement following the hearing, the company said this was "an isolated incident", adding:
“At Topper’s Pizza, we take our equal employment policy very seriously and have taken the necessary steps, including additional training, to ensure that this situation never happens again.”
- Mandel, Michele (11 August 2015). "Fired pregnant woman awarded $20Gs from rights tribunal". Sun News Network. Retrieved 12 August 2015.
- Catherine McDonald (18 August 2015). "Georgetown, Ont. woman wins human rights case after firing over pregnancy". Global News. Retrieved 6 November 2015.