High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Yens Pedersen is a lawyer and a candidate in the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party leadership race. Before entering the leadership race, he served as the President of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party. Yens was the NDP candidate in the constituency of Regina South in the 2007 provincial election. Yens was raised on a family farm near Cut Knife, Saskatchewan. He attended and earned his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and currently is a lawyer at Balfour Moss. On January 22, 2009, Pedersen announced his bid to succeed Lorne Calvert as the leader of the Saskatchewan NDP at the party's June 2009 leadership convention. He finished third at the convention. After Deb Higgins was eliminated on the first ballot, Pedersen threw his support behind Ryan Meili, the second place finisher on the first ballot.