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Honourable Verlyn Olson, QC – MLA for Wetaskiwin-Camrose

We thank You Lord today for Honourable Verlyn Olson and
the role that he fills as cabinet minister of Agriculture and Rural
Development.   May he be aware of needs
that must be addressed to keep this aspect of our province strong and moving
ahead with success.  Protect him and keep
him safe in his travels and may he experience health and well-being all through
2015.  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. Olsen
also serves as a member of the Government’s Agenda and Priorities Committee.

Mr. Olson previously served as Deputy House Leader.
During his first term as MLA, he 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 as well as 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.