Our Bond with Water
A deep connection with the water we grew up on moves us to consider carefully what we design, the role our products play in such a pristine environment, and even the people we partner with.
While our land stretches from the Pacific to the Atlantic — with rivers, lakes and beaches throughout — water does more than connect us. It rejuvenates and inspires us. We love our lakes and beaches enough to name our products after them.
Our Design is Inspired by Nature
Nature is our starting point. Sit with us on a rock at Beau Lake and you’ll see a spectrum of colors and shapes evolve and transform all around you. And instead of motors, you’ll hear the ducks and the geese. Nature is the catalyst for and the essence of everything we design.
We take the utmost care in design, quality and craftsmanship. All of our products blend vintage aesthetics with high performance for a timeless elegance designed to enhance your waterside experience.
Meet our Crew
Co-Founder, CEO, Brand Vision
Entrepreneur, advertising executive, designer, film director, and lover of lakes. Throughout his career Paul has helped launch brands like BMW MINI, TELUS, NIKE and McDonald’s. Now his focus is building the Beau Lake brand into a global reference. His toes were dipped in a fresh Canadian lake before he was a month old, and this is still where he finds his senses, his compass, his energy, his inspiration, his joy and, most importantly, his family. That’s why Paul is drawn to Beau Lake, and why he wants to share this experience with the world.
Co-Founder, Director of Design
Entrepreneur, award-winning designer, materials explorer, and sailor. When Lee wasn’t busy crafting artwork, jewellery, musical instruments or furniture, he spent his youth sailing the waters of southern Ontario, learning on mid-century wooden dinghies on Lake Simcoe, then graduating to larger sloops on Lake Ontario.
The materials of both wooden-hulled and modern fiberglass boats left a lasting impression on Lee’s design sensibilities.
His early love for fine woodworking eventually led to explorations in cast metals and molded composites. Lee brought his expertise to projects for clients like Chanel, Dior, The Four Season’s and The Starwood Hotel Group. Thirty years later, Lee comes full circle, bringing his design talent and vast knowledge of materials and manufacturing, to the world of boating where it all began.
Jennifer brings her extensive financial and operational experience to the Beau Lake team. Jennifer previously spent her career in investment banking at Scotia Capital and Ernst & Young and as CFO/COO of a private company in the dairy industry. Jennifer grew up spending much of her summers in Muskoka and at the cottage in Eastern Ontario and is excited to be part of the Beau Lake team.
Julien's stature as a professional kiteboarder, standup paddle boarder, designer and former rock musician is tempered by an easygoing, laid-back attitude that fits right in at Beau Lake. Julien’s travels in search of the biggest waves have fueled his passion for designing cutting edge water sports equipment like the lightning fast paddle board he co-created with Lee Kline: our very own Rapid. When he’s not kiteboarding above the waves, surfing along them, or flying through the air in his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training, Julien comes back down to Earth just long enough to enjoy a nice, calm paddle across the lake.
After seven formative years at C&C Yachts design group in Canada, Steve started his own company, Steve Killing Yacht Design. At first, Steve specialized in sailboats, but over the years he has applied his sharp design skills, elegant problem solving and refined aesthetic to many types of vessels.
While his high profile work has featured in the America’s Cup and the World Cup, Steve still looks for interesting opportunities regardless of scale that allow him to research and apply new technology and new ideas.
We were very fortunate to have Steve onboard to design the hull of our very own Beau Lake Pedal Boat.
After graduating from the London School of Economics, Jean became an entrepreneur, inventor, mentor, and technology leader. His love for the water started when he was thrown into the first lake he ever saw — Blue Sea Lake. Jean grew up spending his summers on the lake, becoming an avid swimmer and water polo player. His evenings were spent watching the sun sink into the horizon. Now with Beau Lake, Jean hopes to share the joys of lakeside living with the rest of the world.
Beau Lake Advisory Board
Todd Saunders is a Canadian Architect based in Bergen, Norway. Saunders work is mainly located in the Nordic latitudes of Scandinavia and Canada. His architecture is described as simple, innovative, and honest. Saunders teaches architecture in the US and Europe, has been published in all major design magazines and newspapers in the world. A monograph of his work is published by Birkhauser in Switzerland and a documentary of his work on Fogo Island called “Strange and Familiar” is sold on iTunes.
Todd Saunders will be making a limited edition piece of architecture for Beau Lake that reflects his lifestyle related to water, be it fly fishing in Newfoundland and Labrador, ocean kayaking on the west coast of Norway, or his new passion for skinny-dipping all year round in the cold Norwegian fjords. The piece will be a hybrid collaboration with his studio and the attitude and ambitions shared with the nice people at Beau Lake.
Joe Mimran is a retail, fashion, and business pioneer who has helped build some of Canada’s most recognized apparel and lifestyle brands - Joe Fresh, Club Monaco, Pink Tartan, Alfred Sung, and Caban. . He is also Chairman of Gibraltar & Co a venture capital firm, is on the board of Canopy Rivers and LXR and through his consulting firms, JM+A and NYBS, provides design and consulting services to major retailers in the US such as Kroger and Staples. From 2015 to 2018 Joe also starred as a Dragon on CBC’s hit show Dragons Den.
As founder and former Creative Director of Joe Fresh, Joe Mimran oversaw the brand’s design and retail concepts, and made it the country's second largest apparel brand. Mimran conceived the Joe Fresh brand, for Loblaw Companies, with a vision of well-designed, well-priced clothes for a broad audience. It was launched in 2006, in 40 supermarket locations. Today, Joe Fresh is sold in 350 Loblaw stores in Canada and abroad.
During his time as Chairman of the Fashion Design Council of Canada, Mimran helped grow Toronto Fashion Week into a global platform. Mimran was the honorary Chairman of the inaugural Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards, and the recipient of the Canadian Style Award. He has also been recognized with The Design Exchange award along with his wife, Kimberley Newport-Mimran, the co-founder of Pink Tartan. He has recently been inducted into Canada's Marketing Legends Hall of Fame. He's been featured in publications including The New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and The Globe and Mail. A patron of the arts, Mimran’s philanthropic activities include support of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and is a Luminaire for Luminato Arts Festival. He is also committed to Reena, a non-profit organization that promotes independence and community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities.
Co-Founder of Umbra
As head of design at Umbra, Paul oversaw the efforts to create purposeful, intelligently designed products that people want. He has created innumerable successful designs, while managing diverse internal and external design teams. Umbra produced a prolific flow of new product under Paul’s visionary leadership, always staying true to the Umbra mantra: Design products that provide style and function for every room of the home.
Paul devotes most of his time to the design community. He speaks regularly to both students and teachers of design. His engaging style (often accompanied by a harmonica solo) and knowledge of today’s international design market and technologies give him insights that educational institutions appreciate. Most recently, he gave a Ted Talk at TedX Toronto on Design Hacks.
Paul spends his free time at his farm on Georgian Bay which is a compelling reason for him to join the advisory board at Beau Lake.
Former consumer products CEO
Karyn has led vibrant, premium-brand consumer products companies with a focus on melding business and mission. Several of these companies (Patagonia, Smith & Hawken, Coyuchi) forged new efforts to reduce environmental impact and improve the living conditions of all stakeholders, while Karyn’s leadership at non-profit Investors’ Circle introduced accredited investors to social entrepreneurs around the globe. Because access to clean, responsibly sourced water was key to each of these endeavors, Karyn is delighted to support the business and mission of Beau Lake.
Norman Jaskolka is the President of ALDO Group International and Deputy Chairman of The Aldo Group. He joined the ALDO Group in 1995, after leaving his 20-year career in the public accounting profession, having been awarded the title of Fellow of the Order of Chartered Accountants of Quebec in recognition for services and leadership in the accounting profession.
In 2000, Norman assumed responsibility for the conception, development and operations of international business for The ALDO Group. Since then, the company has expanded internationally to over 100 countries across all continents of the world. During this period, in addition to the 750 stores operated in North America, over 1,600 stores have been opened across the globe outside of North America.
Norman’s insight into the development of international retail brands was featured with a fully devoted chapter in the book “The Art of Being Chosen – Secrets of Success From the Giants of Retail” written by author Martin Butler and published in 2010.
Norman is a frequent lecturer and speaker on the development of international retail. He has spoken on several occasions at The World Retail Congress in Barcelona, Berlin and Dubai. He is also a lecturer at McGill University’s Desautels Faculty of Management. In February 2017, he received a Management Achievement Award from the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University in recognition of his contributions to the business world and the community at large.
David is a partner in the firm of McCarthy Tétrault. He advises companies, shareholders and entrepreneurs on a very wide variety of business transactions, strategic challenges and governance matters, whether domestic or international. A graduate of McGill University, David is a highly respected member of the Canadian business and legal communities, with a successful track record as Executive Vice-President of one of Canada’s largest companies, and director of a number of leading corporations. Throughout his career, David has pushed conventional boundaries and been at the centre of numerous innovative transactions and strategies.
The Beau Lake Community
As far as we’re concerned, you’re already neighbours of Beau Lake. We invite you to post your favourite Beau Lake–inspired shots and share your stories on our social media, and send your suggestions for an even better Beau Lake experience.