About the Imagination Group
NATION Imagination is a for-profit operating entity, incorporated as Imagination Cards Inc. and is 100% Aboriginal owned.
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 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.
Our products and services
NATION Imagination products include:
- Promotional Products
- NATION Imagination branded products
- Gift products
- Custom gifts
- On-line selling services
- Reproductions of original Aboriginal Art
- Reproduction Prints
- Reproduction Giclées
- Framed Art cards
- 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.
CEO of The Imagination Group
Dr. Marie Delorme is CEO of The Imagination Group of Companies. She serves on the boards of the RCMP Foundation Board and the United Way of Calgary, and is an advisor to two Universities.
Her awards include: Indspire Business and Commerce; Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100; Alberta Centennial Medal; University of Calgary Dr. Douglas Cardinal Award; Alberta Chamber of Commerce Business Award of Distinction; Calgary Chamber of Commerce Salute to Excellence Award, and Métis Nation Entrepreneurial Leadership Award.
Dr. Delorme holds a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Business Administration from Queen's University, and PhD from the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on inter-cultural leadership.
President of The Imagination Group
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. See more.
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.
- 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.