Our Company

Better Mobility for Life

Savaria is all about products that help improve mobility. Whether that's for your home, in a vehicle or in public spaces, we design and build products to make life more accessible. We employ over 1,500 people around the world including 30 staff in research and development dedicated to creating new products and innovations for improving existing products.

Our product portfolio is one of the widest in the world and includes home elevators, commercial lifts, stairlifts, ceiling lifts and adapted vehicles. We also offer medical beds and therapeutic surfaces through our Span division. With manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and China, we can more efficiently reach global markets and build to meet the needs of specific customer requirements.

At the heart of the company, our employees know what they do can make a true, positive difference in people's lives. We're proud to try our best for each customer we serve.

Our History

In 1989, Marcel Bourassa found a small company called Savaria that was building wheelchair lifts. Looking for a business he could grow for the long term, he saw the potential to serve the growing needs of the aging population. He purchased Savaria and set upon a path to expand the company's product line and distribution.

As the CEO of Savaria today, Marcel looks back on 30 years of history with a great sense of pride for what he and the entire team at the company have accomplished to become a leading manufacturer in the accessibility industry. In 2014, he created the Bourassa Savaria Foundation to give back to people challenged with mobility issues. 

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About us

Watch our About Savaria video (accessible version of our videos available here)

Our Divisions

While the headquarters of Savaria Corporation are located in Laval, Quebec, Canada, the Company operates a number of divisions around the world. Here are the major divisions:

Savaria Concord Lifts Inc.
Elevating & lift division with manufacturing in Brampton, Ontario Canada and Magog, Quebec Canada (ceiling lifts) 

Savaria Huizhou
Pre-assembly operations in China for elevating and lifts

Span America/ Span Medical Products
Medical beds and therapeutic surfaces with manufacturing in Greenville, South Carolina USA and Beamsville, Ontario Canada  

Garaventa Lift
Elevating & lift division with manufacturing in Surrey, British Columbia Canada and Milan, Italy 

Company Leadership

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 honored 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. 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. 

Bourassa Savaria Foundation

The Bourassa Savaria Foundation was created in 2014 to support people facing mobility challenges. It aims to provide financial assistance to in-need Canadians with disabilities related to physical mobility. It was founded by Marcel Bourassa, President and CEO of Savaria Corporation. 

If you’d like to make a donation, apply for funding, or learn more, visit our Foundation page.