There are two areas there, in general terms, as I discussed today. This ecosystem for entrepreneurial businesses, particularly those focused on disruptive technologies, which take time to commercialize and must have eyes on a global market, cannot just look at domestic markets. But we want in Canada to have prosperity, so we have a role for government to ensure all these things. It really is very important to be cross-departmental. We need EDC, which I believe is under Finance. We need, of course, the Department of Industry. We also need International Trade.
We need to cooperate with the provinces in their programs. We need to have intellectual property arrangements that are right. We need entrepreneurs to have incentives to be able to take risks.
We need to cherish failure. We can't be so afraid of failure that we can't take any risks because it might fail. If some things don't fail, then we're not pushing the edge enough. We need to embrace this.
We need to recognize that we're not America. In a way our biggest risk, I feel, is that Canada in the eyes of America can be simply seen as off-balance-sheet research and development. All our great programs and things that we worked so hard in Canada to bring forward are off-balance-sheet research. The capital will come in and take the idea away and then it's on balance sheet, but partially or all out of Canada. We need to recognize that and we need successes in Canada to refill the coffers of successes.
In my particular case with my company, we're focused very much on the evolution of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, going through Canadian Nuclear Laboratories as a transition to a government-owned but corporately operated enterprise. The ability for Industry Canada and these other programs and for the Chalk River laboratories to be part of this ecosystem is a tremendous opportunity for Canada and Canadian firms. It's particularly dear to our heart and soul to succeed.
That means we need to have patience and support and the encouragement of processes to move technology and know-how out from Canadian Nuclear Laboratories into the markets, both nuclear and non-nuclear. It's Canada's best research and development organization, with 3,000 scientists and engineers. If we don't champion this in a way that can benefit all Canadians, we'll really miss something in Canada. It's just a rock-solid base and a pillar, as I said, of disruptive technology.