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People Focused and Evidence Informed

Working with you to improve post-secondary learner mobility & higher education

We are a seasoned firm of professionals offering expertise in the higher education field. Our approach involves putting the learner at the centre of any change effort. We do this by working with you to consider changes to policies and practices through a student informed perspective. Our techniques include interviews, environmental scans, broad band consultation, research, surveys and analysis. Our goal is to support institutions, governments and organizations to advance best practice informed by evidence.

At Duklas Cornerstone Consulting Inc., we believe in working closely with you to improve your organization's capacities to make change happen.



We enable your change efforts using evidence-informed research, surveys, interviews, competitor analysis and large-scale consultation.
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We work with you to improve your post-secondary institution's or organization's capacities to make change happen.
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We collaboratively engage communities to build consensus and capacities to handle change.
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The team at DCC Inc. focuses first on understanding your needs, gathering relevant data and developing a nuanced and customized plan for implementing change.

We bring to projects extensive experience in strategic market planning, policy development, systems implementation and business process redesign.

Our team are experts in leading large-scale change across complex organizations. We work with you and your communities to develop change strategies that enable more effective recruitment, retention and student success and mobility.

Working together to develop best-in-class policies, systems and practices in higher education

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The firm’s founder, Joanne Duklas, brings to projects extensive expertise in higher education with a unique ability to lead large complex projects. Her focus remains solidly on helping her clients develop best-in-class, high functioning teams and strategies.

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Award Winning Leadership

Joanne Duklas, founder of Duklas Cornerstone Consulting Inc., is the proud winner of the PESC Distinguished Service Award (2020) by the Postsecondary Electronic Standards Council. PESC is an international standards organization dedicated to interoperability and student mobility.

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We look forward to working with you.

An exceptional capacity to manage work of provincial and national scale successfully, on time, and on budget.

Robert Adamoski

Director - Research and Admissions | BCCAT

Professional, prepared, and well known in Higher Education for expertise.

James D'Arcy

Past-President | WARUCC

DCC Inc's ability to synthesize and make sense of the complexities of change management, technology implementations, policy matters, and other stakeholder issues has enabled ARUCC to keep pace and remain agile.

Romesh Vadivel

President | ARUCC

What impressed me the most was Joanne's and her team's ability to bring senior level expertise alongside the people skills necessary to engage the whole team in the process.

Anna Hughes

Director of Enrolment Services and Registrar | Red River College

Joanne and her team were able to provide an overview of practices at post-secondary institutions across Canada and to offer solid recommendations to Sask Polytech that are being implemented.

Dr. Barb Gustafson

Special Advisor to the Provost | Saskatchewan Polytechnic

A source for encouragement, collaboration, problem-solving, and outside-the-box thinking.

Dennis Stark

Director, Student Recruitment | University of Northern British Columbia

Go-to experts for insight, perspective, and sound advice.

Charmaine Hack

Registrar | Toronto Metropolitan University, formerly Ryerson University.

Helped to inform next steps for transfer credit research and data in Alberta.

Ann Marie Lyseng

Director, Learner Pathways | ACAT

Over a multi-year period, Joanne and the team at Duklas Cornerstone Consulting Inc. provided exceptional leadership and collaboration.

Dr. Robert Flemming

Director | PCCAT

Thorough, intentional, and always works with a lens of moving beyond the status quo for the betterment of all stakeholders in the higher education.

Shamira Madhany

Managing Director and Deputy Executive Director | World Education Services

DCC's expertise brought valuable insight and provided guidance.

Michael Ringuette

Coordinator | CMEC