Executive Bios

Colby L. Delorme

President - Nation Imagination Corporation

Colby Delorme is the President of NATION Imagination - The Aboriginal Gifting Co. 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 2011, Colby has turn NATION Imagination into a franchise opportunity. The first Aboriginal Franchise model in Canada. 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.

  • 2010, Career Ladder Award - The Youth Employment Centre
  • 2010, Inducted into the Calgary Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2010
  • 2010, First Place at The Big Idea 2 - Dream Catcher Charitable Foundation
  • 2009, Métis Nation Youth Entrepreneurial Leadership Award
  • 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 United Way Calgary and Area, 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.

    Marie Delorme, BSc MBA

    President & CEO The Imagination Group of Companies

    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, providing corporate gifts and promotional products to organizations nationally.

    Marie is the vice-chair of the Mount Royal University Board of Governors. She co-chaired 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
  • Her awards include:

  • 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 and a professor of intercultural leadership at the University of Calgary.