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Honourable Verlyn Olson – MLA for Wetaskiwin-Camrose

Heavenly Father, we thank You for
Honourable Verlyn Olson.   Bless him in
the positions that he holds in the Alberta legislature.  May he seek Your help and wisdom in all that
he puts his hand to do today for the well-being of those he serves in QC,
Wetaskiwin – Camrose.   Keep him from
harm and give him enjoyable times with his family.  In Jesus Name,  Amen.

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

Verlyn Olson, QC, was elected to his second term as a Member of the
Legislative Assembly for Wetaskiwin-Camrose on April 23, 2012. On May 8, 2012
he was named Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. Mr. Olson serves as
Deputy House Leader.

During his first term as MLA, Mr. Olson served as Minister of Justice
and Attorney General. He also served as deputy chair on the Premier’s Council
on the Status of Persons with Disabilities; chair of the First Nations, Métis
and Inuit Workforce Planning Committee and as a member of the Cabinet Policy
Committee on Public Health & Safety.

Previously, Mr. Olson served on the Standing Committees on Public
Accounts, Private Bills and Health.

Prior to serving as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, Mr.
Olson was a partner with the law firm Andreassen Olson Borth, where his practice
focused primarily on real estate, wills, estates and counselling small
businesses, assisting farmers, families, seniors and dependent adults.

Additionally, since 1987 Mr. Olson has spoken at various seminars
covering topics such as farm estate planning, wills and enduring powers of

Mr. Olson received both his bachelor of arts in history with distinction
and a bachelor of laws from the University of Alberta.

Born and raised in Camrose, Mr. Olson has a long history of community
involvement, including coaching local baseball and hockey and membership with
the following organizations:
  • Viking
    Cup International Hockey Tournament Steering Committee
  • The
    Bethany Group (Health Care/Seniors Housing Board)
  • Alberta
    Motion Picture Development Corporation Board
  • Camrose
    Sport Development Society
  • Armena
    Athletic Association (chair)
  • Camrose
    Lutheran College Corporation (Augustana University College) Board of

He and his wife, Mardell, have three adult children and four