Lara Murphy is the co-founder of Ryan Murphy Construction Inc. (RMC), the only female-owned commercial construction firm in Calgary. She serves as RMC’s director of business development and strategy managing numerous multi-million-dollar projects in corporate, commercial, health care and residential construction. Her company, co-founded with Karen Ryan, has been recognized nationally as one of the country’s fastest-growing entrepreneurial initiatives, featured in publications such as Canadian Business. She is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors for YWCA Calgary, in the Board of Directors of Calgary Chamber of Commerce, and Member of the International Women’s Forum. Lara is also passionate about giving back to her community: including donating her time to SAIT as a Women in Trades and Technology committee, a mentor to students as part of the Social Entrepreneur Capstone Project. Born in Saint John, New Brunswick, Murphy is a graduate of Mount Allison University.