Executive Team


Marcel Bourassa, Chairman, President and CEO - Savaria

With his vision of an aging population in need of accessibility equipment in the future, Mr. Marcel Bourassa purchased Savaria in 1989, taking the company public in 2002. In 2014, he formed the Bourassa Savaria Foundation a registered Canadian charity that provides funding to people with mobility challenges. In 2018, Mr. Bourassa was honoured by Les Affaires as CEO of the Year for a medium-sized Canadian enterprise. He holds a BBA from HEC Montreal.  

Mauro Ferrara, CFO – Savaria  

Mr. Ferrara has more than 25 years of experience, having worked for international and Canadian publicly-traded companies in different sectors of activity. Prior to joining Savaria, Mr. Ferrara held the position of Senior Director of Financial Reporting at WSP Global Inc., an engineering designing multinational corporation with offices worldwide. He has also worked for Rogers Sugar Inc., as Director of Financial Services and Corporate Controller. Mr. Ferrara started his career at KPMG LLP and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. 

Sebastien Bourassa, Vice President Operations & Integrations - Savaria

Mr. Sebastien Bourassa oversees general operations of Savaria and works with newly acquired businesses to maximize synergies. He was instrumental in setting up operations for Savaria in China in 2007. This initiative has provided critical advantages for Savaria and Savaria Huizhou has continuously grown in size. He has a BBA from HEC Montreal and an EMBA from Ivey Business School in Hong Kong. 

Alexandre Bourassa, Sales Vice President - Savaria

Mr. Alex Bourassa oversees worldwide dealer sales of the elevator and lift division as well as direct store operations in North America and Australia. Under his strong leadership, dealer sales have continued to grow and distribution has strengthened across the U.S. market. His acumen for sales and product knowledge has contributed to the leadership position Savaria enjoys today.

James D. Ferguson, Chief Executive Officer - Span group

Mr. Ferguson joined Savaria in June 2017 following the acquisition by Savaria of Span-America Medical Systems, Inc. (“Span”). He had joined Span as Materials Manager in 1990. Mr. Ferguson was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Span in 1996.

Vince Sciamanna, President - Garaventa Lift group

Mr. Sciamanna joined Savaria in 2018 following the acquisition by Savaria of Garaventa Accessibility AG group. He began his career with Garaventa Lift in 1999. In 2015 Vince joined the Garaventa Lift Group management team as Global Director of Business Development. Mr. Sciamanna holds a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Berne.

Hélène Bernier, Finance Vice President - Savaria

Ms. Bernier has served as the company’s Vice President of finance since 2004. She is a Professional Chartered Accountant with over 30 years experience. She obtained her BAA- Accounting after graduating from HEC Montreal and her Chartered Accountant degree, during her professional training with the Chartered Accountant firm Deloitte, Haskins and Sells.