Honourable Verlyn Olson, QC – MLA for Wetaskiwin-Camrose

Lord, we are asking you today to bless
MLA Mr. Verlyn Olson and the large constituency he represents. Continue to give
him clarity of thought and lead him as he seeks to make the right decisions for
the people of central Alberta and our province. Fill his heart with your grace
and peace and may he always be aware of your love and care for him. 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
attorney.

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
    Regents

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