Coburn, John

Managing Director
Financing Innovation Throughout the Cycle
Mr. Coburn 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 $700 million. Upon leaving ZENON he was awarded the “Architect of ZENON Award” to recognize his efforts in building the company into a world leader in water treatment. ZENON was 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 is currently a Director of APTwater, Inc., FilterBoxx Water & Environmental Corp., and Natural Systems Utilities, LLC. He is a member of the Sustainable Development Technology Canada Investment Committee, a $1 billion program that finances and supports the development and demonstration of clean technologies. Mr. Coburn is the Sector Practice Lead, Water and Wastewater, for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s (DFAIT) Cleantech Strategy, and is also an advisor to the University of Waterloo’s Water Institute. Mr. Coburn holds a B.Sc. with Honours in Chemistry from the University of Waterloo, and a C.Dir. (Chartered Director) from the McMaster University DeGroote School of Business, Director’s College program.