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Honourable Verlyn Olson, QC, Wetaskiwin-Camrose

Lord, we pray for the Honourable Verlyn Olson that you would guide his thoughts
as he seeks to make the best decisions possible. Thank you for his position in
Camrose-Wetaskiwin and may his constituents appreciate and support him in his
leadership. We pray that you would bless him and his family with peace and
health. 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.

In addition to his role as MLA during his first term, he was appointed
Minister of Justice and Attorney General as well as Deputy Government House
Leader on February 18, 2011. Mr. Olson also served as deputy chair on the
Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities and 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
  • Armena Athletic Association
  • Camrose Lutheran College
    Corporation (Augustana University College) Board of Regents

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

May 14, 2012