Appointment to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority

Three-year mandate for Mr. Rafik Souccar

OTTAWA, June 24, 2015 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today announced the appointment of Mr. Rafik Souccar of Ottawa to the board of directors of the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) for a term of three years.

Mr. Souccar was recently Chief Security Officer of the Royal Canadian Mint from 2011-2014. Prior to holding this position, he was a deputy commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) from 2008 to 2011, an assistant commissioner, Federal and International Operations, from 2005 to 2008, and chief superintendent and director general, Drugs and Organized Crime, from 2002 to 2005.

He is a member of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the International Bar Association and the American Society for Industrial Security.

Mr. Souccar holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) and a Bachelor of Administration from the University of Ottawa, and completed the Director's Education Program from the Institute of Corporate Directors of the University of Toronto. 

He was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, the Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces by the Governor General of Canada in 2007, and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.

Quick Facts

  • CATSA is a federal Crown corporation responsible for the screening of passengers and their belongings, as well as screening of non-passengers entering airport restricted areas. CATSA and Transport Canada work together in aviation security to contribute to a safe and secure air transportation system.
  • CATSA screened 51 million passengers in 2012.


"I am pleased that Mr. Souccar has accepted this role with the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority. The board of directors will greatly benefit from his impressive career in security."

The Honourable Lisa Raitt

Minister of Transport

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Canadian Air Transport Security Authority

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SOURCE Transport Canada

For further information: Zach Segal, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700

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