Local News

Minister Anderson visits Morinville

Above: Municipal Affairs Minister Shaye Anderson, Jennifer Saunders-Blades, Senior Laboratory Analyst and Theresa Liddell providing a tour of Champion Petfoods […]


Champion Petfoods committed to staying in Morinville: CEO

Champion Petfoods, one of Morinville’s largest employers, is assuring the public that they have no plans to leave their home facility in Morinville anytime soon after concerns about a massive new manufacturing site being constructed in Parkland County. The response came following public concerns to Council following the company’s announcement of a new $200 million 420,000 square foot facility, in addition to an already existing site in Auburn, Kentucky. […]


Champion Petfoods named one of Alberta’s Top Employers

Champion Petfoods have been named one of Alberta’s Top 70 Employers of 2017; the second year Champion has been recognized as a top employer in the province.

Alberta’s Top Employers is an editorial competition that recognizes Alberta-based employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work. […]


Champion remains committed to Morinville, president says

Frank Burdzy, The President and CEO of Champion Petfoods, one of Morinville’s largest employers, gave a detailed presentation to Council during their monthly Committee of the Whole meeting Nov. 16, sharing the recent successes and challenges his rapidly expanding pet food company has been facing. […]

Arts & Culture

Champion invests $37,000 for a number of community initiatives

Champion Petfoods celebrated the opening of the company’s new research facility Friday with a significant investment in community innovation and success. The monies were distributed to five local groups, each seeking to improve the quality of life in Morinville through education, health, arts and culture, cooperation, collaboration, and innovation. […]


Champion Petfoods receives Premier’s Award

Two Morinville businesses were finalists in the Alberta Business Awards of Distinction held in Edmonton Friday night. Champion Petfoods was a finalist in the Alberta Business Awards of Distinction in the Marketing Category, and Smith Music was a finalist in the 2015 Employer of Youth Distinction. […]


Champion Petfoods expanding Morinville operation

by Colin Smith

Champion Petfoods is expanding its operations in Morinville with construction of a new $5.9 million product development facility. The 9,500 square foot facility, announced Nov. 17, will be known as the BAFRINO Research and Innovation Centre and will be located behind Champion’s existing administrative offices. The new facility will also create 10 new knowledge-based jobs focused on the development of new pet foods for the company’s ACANA and ORIJEN product lines… […]


Locals recognized for their contributions

ACFA member Lucien Houle was introduced into Ordre des Sages (Elder recognition) at the Royal Alberta Museum Oct. 18.
Houle, who was born in Morinville, received the award in recognition… […]