Prior to joining XPV in January 2006, Mr. Coburn was a private investor focused on the water industry. He was one of the earliest employees of ZENON Environmental, and as President and Chief Operating Officer, he helped grow the company from start up to over $146M in revenue with a market capitalization of $700M. Upon leaving ZENON in 2002, he was awarded the “Architect of ZENON Award” to recognize his efforts in building the company from start up to a world leader in water treatment. ZENON was subsequently acquired by GE in 2006.
Mr. Coburn’s water expertise began during the first 10 years of his career with Environment Canada, where he held various technical and senior management roles. He published over 20 scientific research papers and journal articles related to water treatment and its impact on the environment. To honour his service and commitment to excellence during his tenure at Environment Canada, he was awarded the prestigious “Government of Canada Merit Award”.
Mr. Coburn and his Operations team work with XPV portfolio companies to identify majors change levers in building stronger foundations, reducing business risks and increasing shareholder value, aligned with each company’s strategy and priorities.
Mr. Coburn holds a B.Sc. with Honours in Chemistry from the University of Waterloo, and is an “Alumni of Honour” from the Faculty of Science. He has also received a C. Dir. (Chartered Director) from the McMaster University DeGroote School of Business Director’s College program.