We celebrate Mother’s Day in Canada and the U.S. on May 8 and El Dia de la Madre in Mexico on May 10. Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate and honour those who have an important role in our lives – whether it is our own mothers, or those that have a mothering presence or influence. It is also important to be mindful that this day can be a challenging time for many.
I am a passionate volunteer, mother and partner. In my spare time, I enjoy mountaineering and have even run a marathon. At TCE, I am the Optimization and Innovation Manager for our Mexico business unit.
In my role, I develop strategies to drive innovation and find solutions to some of the most pressing problems my team faces. Finding those high-value ideas that can move us forward and streamline the way we work is what drives my passion for my role.
At my alma mater, I am building a community called Prometea X to provide opportunities for students to learn about technology and drive innovation. Through this community our goal is to promote Mexican talent in advanced technology.
My daughter Arelí is a ‘pandemic baby’ — she is now 15 months old and my partner and I are loving every minute with her.
Cristina Mares Silva
Optimization and Innovation Manager for the Mexico business unit
Mother's Day is important to me because it is about taking a moment to say thank you and show true appreciation for the people who have supported you on your journey. Each year, I celebrate with my own mom — I wouldn’t be who I am today without her support and encouragement.
Now that I am a mother myself, I understand how important it is to recognize this day and take a moment to show gratitude for the people that care about you.
The life of a working parent is busy — but taking a moment to show how grateful you are to those you have around you is priceless.
Each day I feel grateful to have a team that I know I can count on.
Sometimes in Mexico when you tell your employer you’re pregnant that may put your employment at risk. When I told my leader that I was pregnant his first question was, “how can I support you?” I felt such a sense of relief after hearing that — I feel lucky to have gone through my pregnancy while I was a part of TCE.
Being a mother is part of me being able to be my authentic self — expressing myself fully allows me to be a good leader and the best I can be at my job. In the future, I hope that we all feel comfortable expressing our identities — no matter your background, culture or experiences.