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1970s & 1980s - Local Ideas Become Global Ideas

The continued success of the University of Waterloo attracted talented minds such as Alan Plumtree and Alfred Rudin who invented the Waterloo pump after being inspired with the simple and reliable technology of the local Mennonite community.

Donald Meichenbaum, a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Waterloo, launched a revolution in psychotherapy with the development of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

In Elmira, Mark Yantzi began a social justice movement that has influenced countless individuals and may yet transform the way the world thinks about and deals with crime.

And in 1983 Kitchener introduced the Blue Box to the world.

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