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Perspectives | Issue 9

Navigator’s folio of ideas, insights and new ways of thinking

Mindful Diversions

June 6, 2018

Values and integrity are shaping the new corporate agenda as stakeholders demand that corporate leaders demonstrate social responsibility. The relentless pursuit of accountability and collective morality can be exhausting, however… Navigator Consultant Arabella Goldring reviews some ethical options for rest and relaxation.




Nimmo Bay Resort

Stay in an inter tidal chalet at this wilderness adventure resort that adheres to sustainable tourism practices. At Nimmo Bay Resort in Port McNeill, B.C., guests can take advantage of activities from whale watching to glacier trekking and heli-hiking.

Trout Point Lodge

This eco-destination allows guests to return to nature in a part of southwestern Nova Scotia so remote that there is no cellphone service. Trout Point Lodge is a five-star inn located on a wooded estate that borders on the scenic Tobeatic Wilderness Area. The inn offers guests all of the amenities needed to put outdoor recreation and relaxation at the forefront of their vacation.

Algonquin Eco-Lodge

This all-season eco-lodge offers wilderness lovers a unique way to explore southern Ontario’s Algonquin Park, with limited impact on the local environment. Algonquin Eco-Lodge is powered by 100 per cent micro-hydro electricity, generated by its own waterfall. Hike, horseback ride or relax lakeside at this award-winning reatreat.

Hotel Sacacomie

Hotel Sacacomie, a 90-minute drive from Montreal, provides cozy accommodations next to the Mastigouche wildlife reserve. Luxury meets the backwoods at this log cabin that hosts a spa offering a full range of services.


Minimalist architecture/architects

Architecture firms around the globe are increasingly committing to making more environmentally conscious decisions with their designs. Here are some examples of industry trailblazers:

 Beat Box housing built by Danish firm Arkitema includes 20 apartments in 48 shipping containers that revitalized a neighbourhood in Roskilde, Denmark. (Source: Danish Design Firm Arkitema Is Building an Apartment Complex from Shipping Containers)

 For Dubai Design Week 2017, boutique Indian firm Fahed + Architects repurposed coil springs from discarded bed mattresses to build a temporary pavilion. The structure, which resembles a cloud-like form, was constructed out of 100 per cent recyclable material. (Source: Abwab D3 Pavilion 2017)

 Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, famous for his quickly erected, inexpensive structures in disaster zones, built a replacement cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand, after the city wasdevastated by an earthquake in 2012. The temporary cathedral, completed in 2013, was constructed out of 98 equal-sized cardboard tubes and eight steel shipping containers. (Source: Newly Released Photos of Shigeru Ban’s Cardboard Cathedral in New Zealand)


Sustainable food/dining

These popular farm-to-table restaurants are showcasing all that Canada has to offer:







Vancouver   |








Mallard Cottage
St.John’s   |







Galiano Island, B.C.   |








Calgary   |








Wolf In The Fog
Tofino, B.C.   |


Top books for minimalist living

Zero Waste Home
By Bea Johnson

The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Living Guide
By Francine Jay

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up:
The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
By Marie Kondo


Meal-kit delivery services

As an alternative to buying all of the ingredients for a meal at the grocery store, why not opt for simplicity with a full meal in a box delivered right to your door? Try these meal-kit subscription services:


Delivers in: Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and the Maritimes
Price: $9.38 per meal/person

Cook It

Delivers in: Quebec and Ontario
Price: $10.83 per meal/person

Chefs Plate

Delivers in: Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Manitoba
Price: $10.95 per meal/person



Apps that promote brain health



Apple’s 2017 App of the Year, Calm facilitates mindfulness and meditation. This app offers guided meditation, sleep stories, breathing programs and relaxing music to help its users get better sleep.




Use this guided meditation app in moments of high stress. Headspace offers the basic breathing exercises and visualizations used by celebrities and business leaders alike to help manage stress.




Sporcle is an addictive trivia application that quizzes users on such subjects as sports, movies, television, music and geography. This app is sure to challenge your memory and exercise your brain.

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