NATION Imagination is a for-profit operating entity, incorporated as Imagination Cards Inc. and is 100% Aboriginal owned.
The Imagination Group of Companies is comprised of three organizations:
1.NATION Imagination – The Aboriginal Gifting Company a full service, nation-wide promotional products / corporate gifting company with a signature line of products featuring the works of Aboriginal artists.
2.The Imagination Group Consulting practice engages with over 70 Indigenous groups, as well as governments, and industry. The organization focuses on the spectrum of challenges that leaders face – from long range planning to critical day-to-day business issues.
3.Authentically Aboriginal blends culture and tradition with technology. This service enables artists and cultural artisans to protect their copyrighted material through an on-line registry and cataloguing database. The Authentically Aboriginal seal of authenticity is the distinguishing mark for Indigenous artists.
We are committed to providing the highest quality products and services to our customers. 2010 marks a decade of working with Industry, Government, and Aboriginal groups across Canada. We are proud of the many people and communities who are our customers, suppliers, and business associates. They have helped us grow into the organization we are today.
NATION Imagination - The Aboriginal Gifting Co. is a full service custom branding promotional product company offering: online inventory control and management; corporate brand creation; and our own unique line of Aboriginal art and gifts. We take great pride in the Imagination technology-driven approach to delivering professional services which consistently exceed our customers’ expectations. Our vision is “To lead the industry in unique and responsible ways that leave our customers feeling proud and fulfilled.”
We further distinguish ourselves from the industry, through our custom branded line of products which feature the work of over 30 Canadian Aboriginal artists. These artists have honoured us by allowing our organization to reproduce their work on corporate gifts, promotional products, and art cards. Our copyright licensing agreements with the artists ensure that they retain full ownership and control over their work and how their images are reproduced. Artists are paid royalties each time their art is reproduced.
Products and Services
NATION Imagination products include:
NATION Imagination branded products
On-line selling services
Reproductions of original Aboriginal Art
Framed Art cards
All products are designed to be customized for clients with their logo and branding information.
Our unique brand of NATION Imagination products feature art created by Canadian Aboriginal artists. This line features promotional products and gifts which are enhanced with Aboriginal Art as well as customer corporate logos and messages. This is an important distinction when bidding on contracts with corporations and governments who have mandates to procure products from Aboriginal people and organizations and to support Aboriginal economic development.
A special note is required on our Art Cards. The card collection is comprised of over 230 individual pieces of art produced by over 30 Canadian Aboriginal artists.
We have been recognized by environmental groups for our inventive approach to greeting cards. Our cards are designed to be reused. The client’s customized message is printed on a separate note paper, leaving the card untouched and available for reuse or framing. After all, these are identical reproductions of original works of art.
Marie Delorme is CEO of The Imagination Group, and specializes in guiding organizations to operate more efficiently and profitably by focusing on the spectrum of challenges that business leaders and governments face – from long range planning to critical day-to-day business issues.
She also owns Imagination - The Aboriginal Gifting Company, a full-service corporate gifting, promotional products, and Aboriginal art card organization.
Marie currently serves on the Board of Governors for Mount Royal University. She is also Co-Chair of the 2010 Calgary United Way Campaign, and represents the US Consul General to Canada at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit on Global Women’s Issues.
She is past Chair of:
The Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
The University of Calgary Cultural Diversity Institute, and
The Conference Board Council on Corporate Aboriginal Relations
Marie has served on numerous Boards including:
The Mount Royal Foundation
Canadian Youth Business Foundation
Canadian Unity Council
Calgary Business Information Centre
University of Calgary Dr. Douglas Cardinal Award
Alberta Chamber of Commerce Business Award of Distinction
Alberta Centennial Medal
Calgary Chamber of Commerce Salute to Excellence Award, and
Métis Nation Entrepreneurial Leadership Award
Marie holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Business Administration from Queen's University.
She is currently a PhD Candidate at the University of Calgary.
Colby Delorme is the President of NATION Imagination.
An entrepreneur since the age of 18, he created and operated two successful companies before the age of 21 and joined The Imagination Group of Companies in 2002. .
Colby has been instrumental in building the companies into a dynamic organization known for its creativity, solid business practices, and disciplined execution of business strategies. His role is multi-faceted and spans a broad spectrum of strategic and operational responsibilities including: strategy development and implementation, day-to-day operations, business development, and bridging the world of Aboriginal people with the mainstream business environment. Colby manages corporate relationships with large institutional clients in industry, government and Aboriginal businesses, focuses on expanding the corporate reach into national and international markets, and personally maintains the important relationship with the Aboriginal artists who contribute to the unique line of NATION Imagination-branded gifts, promotional products, and art cards.
In 2009, Colby launched a third addition to The Imagination Group of Companies. Authentically Aboriginal Inc. is an on-line registry which enables indigenous artists to register and certify their work for authenticity of heritage. This system is significant because there is no other process in Canada which catalogues copyright of art.
2011 Economic Developer of The Year - Private Sector, Runner Up
2010 Career Ladder Award Avenue's Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2010
Dream Catcher Fund - Big !dea 2 First Place Winner 2010
Youth Entrepreneur Award of The Year - Metis Nation Regin 3 2009
He volunteers his time as a business mentor for a young entrepreneur through the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business. Colby has also volunteered for The Métis Nation, Boys and Girls Club of Calgary, Awo Taan Native Women’s Shelter, Canadian Youth Business Foundation, Calgary Educational Partnership Foundation, Mount Royal University Iniskim Centre, SAIT Chinook Lodge, University of Calgary Native Students’ Centre, CANDO, Ghost River Rediscovery Center, Pathways, Aboriginal Resource Centre, PC Glenmore Association, Province of Alberta, and the Fort McKay Group of Companies.
In 2010, he was selected as a youth entrepreneur delegate to the G-20 conference in Toronto.
2007 Alberta Business Awards
Calgary Chamber of Commerce 2003
Salute to Excellence Award
Metis Nation 2002 Entrepreneurial