Photo of Saad RafiCarleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) is pleased to announce that Honorable Saäd Rafi is the 2011 recipient of its alumni award for distinctive contributions to the public sector.

This award is named after James (Joe) Bissett who, in 1956, became one of the first students to graduate from Carleton University with a master of arts in public administration. He went on to a long and distinguished career in public service in both Canadian and international contexts.

Saäd Rafi was appointed Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, effective Feb. 16, 2010. Most recently, Mr. Rafi was Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure. Previously, he was National Infrastructure Advisory and Project Finance Practice Leader at Deloitte & Touche LLP. Mr. Rafi formerly served the Ontario Government as the Deputy Minister of Transportation and the Deputy Minister of Community Safety. He was seconded to the Ontario SuperBuild Corporation, Ministry of Finance, as Vice President, Public/Private Partnerships. He has held a number of senior management positions in the Ministry of Transportation, Cabinet Office, and the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism.