Honourable Verlyn Olson, QC; Wetaskiwin-Camrose

Dear God, we thank You for Hon.Verlyn Olson. 
We pray that You would keep him in good health and ask that You would
also be with him for all that he is called to do for our province.  We pray that You would help him to continue
to make good choices and guide him in the important work he does each day.   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 two grandchildren.