David Henderson: Precious drops of water prove lucrative

RICHARD BLACKWELL

The Globe and Mail

David Henderson is an “angel” investor who focuses on one very specific sector. His Toronto-based investment firm XPV Capital Corp. puts money into companies that are developing leading-edge technologies involving water. He, and the institutional investors who provide the funds, are convinced this crucial and growing domain is going to provide excellent returns while also helping to solve many of the planet’s environmental concerns.

Why did you decide to focus on investing in companies related to water?

With population growth, urbanization and industrialization, and emerging economies going through an industrial revolution, there are tremendous demands on fresh water resources. There are not too many places now where a human can take a straw and put it in a fresh water source and drink it and not get sick. Then on the supply side you’ve got a huge infrastructure challenge.

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