Business & Commerce (2014)
“Remember: if you are driving down a road and see a turtle sitting on an open fence post,
you can guarantee it did not get there by itself!”
In 1999, after many years in the telecommunications industry, Dr. Marie Delorme left to pursue her dream of entrepreneurialism. She founded the Imagination Group of Companies, including Nation Imagination – The Aboriginal Gifting Company, the first Indigenous owned entity to franchise its operation nationally. The Group’s national consulting practice engages with Indigenous communities, governments, corporations, and educational institutions. Dr. Delorme has received numerous awards including the Métis Nation of Alberta Entrepreneurial Leadership Award, the Alberta Centennial Medal, Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women; and the University of Calgary Dr. Douglas Cardinal Award. She serves on the boards of the RCMP Foundation and United Way of Calgary, and is an advisor to two Universities. Dr. Delorme holds a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University, and a PhD from the University of Calgary. Her research focuses on inter-cultural leadership.