Honourable Verlyn Olson, Wetaskiwin-Camrose

I pray your
blessings Heavenly Father upon Hon. Verlyn Olson, his wife, children and
grandchildren.  I ask for your protection
for their family.  I ask for new opportunities
to share the wisdom he has gained over the years of community and political
involvement, I ask in the name of Jesus.
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
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.

May 14, 2012