About Dogtopia

Support team

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Our team invests in YOU. We foster a culture of collaboration and respect amongst our franchisees as a true partnership from one CEO to another. At Dogtopia, we own the BRAND…you own the BUSINESS.

This ensures our leadership, Support Office Team and franchisees are all on the same page. We are all determined to enhance the brand and grow across the United States and Canada. Our work ethic is fueled by the confidence in this industry, our team, and tenacious franchisees because we believe that there truly is no limit on where we can take our brand.

Experienced Franchise Support office Team of subject matter experts That Consists of:

  • Chairman and Board of Directors
  • CEO/President, Neil Gill
  • Executive Leadership Team with Franchise experience
  • Environmental Biologist and Canine Behaviorist
  • Specialized professionals to support your success:
    • Real estate
    • Marketing/branding/digital/PR
    • Leading-edge technology providers
    • Operations
    • Finance & accounting


Peter Thomas, Chairman of Dogtopia

Peter H. Thomas, Chairman

Peter Thomas was one of the leading real estate developers and lenders of his time in North America, developing several billion dollars of projects. He brought the franchising rights of Century 21 Real Estate to Canada and developed it into the largest franchise in the world.

Kim Hamm, Vice President – Operations

Kim Hamm, President & CEO, Canada

Prior to being the CEO & President of Dogtopia, Canada; Kim Hamm held the the position of the VP of Operations for the Dogtopia US Support Office from 2015 to 2019.  During that time, the brand grew from 27 to more than 110 locations. Previously, she was a member of Thomas Franchise Solutions who partnered with Dogtopia as a strategic investor in 2012.

Kim grew up in Canada and is a dual citizen of Canada and the US. Her prior background includes 10 years of hospitality and hotel management in Canada. Prior to receiving her Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management from Royal Roads University, she served a six-year tenure at a boutique resort in Tofino, BC, which yields the highest REVPAR production ranking amongst hotels in Canada, where she held various positions including Business Analyst, Controller and Director of Operations.


Michael Waitzer

VP. Franchise Development Canada


Talin Frankian

Director of Operations

Melissa McKee

Field Marketing & Operations Manager

Sarah Costa

Executive Assistant

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The Dogtopia Foundation enables dogs to positively change the world. To accomplish this, we currently are funding programs focused around three worthy causes: Service Dogs for Veterans, Youth Literacy Programs and Employment Initiatives for Adults with Autism.