Our Company

Founded by Rick Besteman in 2009, and based in Ontario, Canada, Lake and Associates is a Performance Consulting firm delivering customized employee development, consulting, and facilitation solutions. We focus on three key areas of business success: The Leader, The Team, and The Numbers, ensuring all interventions are in support of defined strategic objectives. Our clients include both private and public sector organizations, and we have provided services in North America, South America, Asia and the Middle East.

Rick Besteman CMC President & CEO

Rick’s demonstrated commitment to coaching, and the development of people, stems from his ability to drive results while practicing respectful leadership. His extensive business expertise is firmly rooted in experience having held a wide range of leadership positions within a multi-billion dollar, publicly-traded Canadian company. Rick’s approach to working with Clients, ranging from small business owners and entrepreneurs to senior executives, is to establish a clear plan, grounded in the current realities, and develop a path to improved performance. With a keen ability to assess operational opportunities, Rick asks the hard questions, provides objective input and guidance, inspiring those around him to consistently deliver their best. Rick is a Certified Management Consultant, and a certified facilitator in The Coaching Leader™ (Forrest & Company Ltd). Rick is an Instructor at The Goodman School of Business, Brock University, and he is a volunteer mentor for young entrepreneurs, through Futurpreneur Canada. Happy on, or in, the water, Rick is a member of the St. Catharines Bassmasters fishing club, and is a PADI certified scuba diver.


Rashmi Biswas MSc. Executive Vice-President

Rashmi has successfully led large teams, held profit and loss accountability, and gained extensive business experience within corporate and academic arenas in Canada, the USA and the UK. Rashmi specializes in leadership development, team performance and process facilitation. Rashmi holds a Masters degree in Human Resource Management, from Sheffield Hallam University; a BSc (HONS) from Manchester Metropolitan University; a Postgraduate Certificate in Adult Education, Facilitation and Training from the University of Teesside; and a Diversity and Inclusion for HR Certificate from Cornell University. Rashmi is a member of the International Association of Facilitators (IAF), a Step II Myers-Briggs© Practitioner and a certified facilitator in The Coaching Leader™ (Forrest & Company Ltd). Rashmi is a program Facilitator with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), at the University of Toronto, and an instructor at the Goodman School of Business, Brock University and she is the author of the motivational book “Rash Decisions: Accept Where You Are, And Then…Be Amazing.” In current volunteer positions Rashmi serves as a Board Member for the Niagara Community Foundation, is a member of the St. Catharines Anti-Racism Advisory Committee, and co-founder of the Gender Equity Task Force.

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Ruth Unrau Director, Executive Development

Ruth is an accomplished public speaker, leadership coach, event emcee and radio host, working with entrepreneurs, emerging leaders, and community organizations. Ruth is a certified facilitator for the Strength Deployment Inventory, and imparts her knowledge and expertise with a pragmatic approach to coaching, leadership development and problem solving with a large splash of respect and enthusiasm. She has assisted over 1,000 new and emerging businesses through planning and start-up phases. An experienced and in-demand emcee, Ruth has consistently worked with several high-profile Niagara based events and also hosts a weekly radio show, Niagara Made, on 610CKTB Talk Radio where she interviews local entrepreneurs and business owners about their challenges and successes. Ruth is a volunteer for many Niagara based organizations including as a Director for the Pathstone Foundation Board, and Vice Chair of the Niagara Region’s Women Advisory Committee.

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