We view the world as one large ocean containing a series of large islands. So it stands to reason that our actions in one part of the ocean will trickle down and have an effect in another part. This is the best way to think about the polar ecosystem of Antarctica. We are committed to run an operation that is a model to the world in terms of ecological sensitivity.
We have renowned wildlife experts on our team who have been instrumental in mobilizing some of the world’s most notable organizations to better protect Polar regions. We are dedicated to minimizing our impact on the areas we visit as well as the areas in which we operate our ships. This shows in our purchasing policies which cover provisioning, supply and waste management.
On-going scientific contribution
We fund and assist ongoing scientific research aboard our vessels. This important work ranges from collection of data for critical meteorological and oceanographic studies used at an international level, to the tagging and tracking of migrant whale populations for universities and science institutions.
At the same time, the company has donated funds equivalent to one million USD to numerous charitable organizations committed assisting underfunded health and social programs, ecological awareness and preservation plans, as well as projects committed to historical preservation. We are key partners with Oceanities, “the people who count penguins so you don’t have to”, as well as Ari Friedlaender, our resident cetacean “tagger”. By carrying active members of the scientific community to specific survey areas within Antarctica, live data is collated and contributed to the wider scientific community.
Commitment to Community
We contribute donations on a regular basis to a number of organizations (health, wildlife, youth sport, exploration and preservation) raising funds for the betterment of their programs. Funds raised exceed 250K USD annually, which accounts for close to two million USD going back to communities and their organizations.
Our in-house Arctic Outreach was developed as a way to actively give back and support Northern communities across the Canadian Arctic. We have enabled large donations to be distributed in northern communities for youth and children to participate in sports and recreation, as well as contributions to the local food banks.
In addition to donations, we also choose to supply our operations with locally sourced products that are made with minimal impact on the environment. Our commitment to limit our impact and to support small local operators and businesses is a proud decision we honor, season upon season.
We actively support our partners and their mandates with National Historic Sites, Provincial and National Parks, as well as museum exhibits and the hosting of both historical and archeological artifacts. Following our involvement in the successful partnership of the 2014 Victoria Strait Expedition – resulting in the find of Sir John Franklin’s Erebus in the Northwest Passage, we endeavor to continue the evolution of social, education and historical outreach programs committed to sharing the historical value of Canada’s history.