About Us

Mex Y Can is governed by a volunteer driven Board of Directors elected by voting members of the Association.  The Board of Directors is empowered, through the By-laws of Mex Y Can, to act on behalf of members in order to carry out the goals of the Association.


Mex Y Can also has a number of Committees that help guide the activities of the Association.  These committees provide volunteer opportunities for members and potential members, as well as influence the direction of Mex Y Can.


 Board of Directors for 2017



Victor Ramirez 





Victor was born and raised in Mexico and worked as a Project Manager and Administrator within IBM for over 20 years.  His knowledge and experience have allowed him to work with two of one most recognized companies in Mexico – Nissan.


Victor has been a part of the Mexican community for over 25 years since coming to Winnipeg. He dedicates himself to the challenges presented to him developing strong spiritual and moral principles that help him strive for excellence in his career and his personal and volunteer life.  Victor is a former Mexican Restaurant co-owner and has also volunteered at a number of Mexican Pavilions.


Since 2014 Victor has been one of the Cultural liaisons of the Mex Y Can Association. Victor has participated in numerous media interviews promoting the cultural events of the Association. He has been one of the leaders of the successful exhibits presented during the past three occasions at Culture Days and the Day of the Dead Festival. Recently, Victor was also one of the leaders in putting together the Cultural Display at the Mexican Pavilion, Mariachi and Tequila, the Heart of Mexico at Folklorama.



Aline Tezcucano

Past President

Aline was born in Mexico City and is a Biochemical Engineer graduated from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN). After concluding her doctorate studies at McGill University, she moved to Winnipeg. Aline works for Manitoba Agriculture as a Policy Specialist - Animal Welfare and Health, and Food Safety.

Aline has been actively involved with Mex Y Can in various cultural and social activities for a number of years. On two occasions she has been part of the Board of Directors as a Secretary.  Aline has completed two terms  as President in which she maintained and nourished a solid database to keep constant communication with members by publishing the Association e-newsletter and help managing the Facebook account. She participates also in the website editing.

Aline successfully secured grants to help sustain the operational expenses of  the Association. She developed a number of policies that have given better direction to the Association by supporting its by-laws. She has participated in the organizing committee of a few Mexican pavilions at the Folklorama festival and helped organize some Mobile Consulates in Winnipeg. Aline has also developed and successfully implemented a formal sponsorship and volunteer recognition program and is working on consolidating the membership program.

Aline strongly believes in a team approach where everybody brings their skills to the table and work together for a great cause!  


Rene Garcia

Vice President

Rene is an Industrial Engineer graduated from the Autonomous University National of Mexico. He has worked for over 28 years in the area of Logistics and Warehousing. Rene and his family of three children have lived in Mexico City, Tijuana, Victoria, Vancouver and 10 years in Winnipeg. Since arriving to Manitoba, the whole family actively joined all events of Mex Y Can including Folklorama.

In the past, Rene has been the Vice President and the Treasurer of the Association. In 2013 he was the Sub-coordinator of the Mexican Pavilion A Taste of the Mayan World. In 2014 Rene continued his participation as a Committee Member leading the Membership Program.

Rene was one of the Coordinators of the Mexican Festival – Celebrating the Day of the Dead. His latest participation includes his participation as one of the Coordinators of the the Mexican Pavilion, Mariachi and Tequila, the Heart of Mexico at Folklorama.


Samuel Jasso



Samuel was born and raised in Mexico City, he holds a bachelor degree in Economics graduated from Universidad Panamerica Campus Mexico City. In Mexico he worked for 10 years in different Ministries within the Federal Government in various projects.


He moved with his wife and son to Canada in 2013. Samuel currently works as a financial advisor helping people reach their financial goals. Since he arrived to Winnipeg in 2013 Samuel started participating as a volunteer in multiple activities in events organized by the Mex Y Can including Bingo night, Mexican Independence Day Celebration, Culture Days – The Mayan Exhibition and many others.




Teresa Buss


Maria Teresa
received her bachelor of Finance Administration and Master in Management degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education. During university she was treasurer of the Students Financial Administration Society and was the recipient of the Leadership Award.


She has volunteered for many different organizations, including Impulsa and Promotion of Peace in Monterrey, Volunteer Unit for Adult Education (UVEA) in New York City, Immigrant Centre Manitoba Inc, MexYCan Association and Look Good Feel Better in Winnipeg.

She moved to Winnipeg in 2015. She is currently working at Palliser Furniture´s corporate office in the USA Consumer Care Division, dealing with the company´s many furniture retailers.


Teresa participated as the VIP Coordinator of the Mexican Pavilion, Mariachi and Tequila, the Heart of Mexico at Folklorama. 


Luz Maria Barron



Luz Maria was born in Torreon Coahuila, Mexico. Her 3 children: Rene Osiris, Luis Jasiel and Alexandra are also actively involved with the Association. Luz Maria started her participation with Mex y Can since 2009. In the same year, Alexandra joined the dance group Little Faces of Mexico, so Luz Maria began to get more involved in issues related to the group. Luz Maria was the coordinator of Little Faces of Mexico for three years (2010-2012).

Since 2009 Luz Maria has volunteered as part of the Board of Directors and also in the kitchen area, serving and cooking traditional Mexican food for the events organized by Mex y Can. Luz Maria loves cooking!



Cesar Cruz




César is an Architect who graduated from UASLP in San Luis Potosi, México in 2005; he became a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional in Canada in 2007. He holds a Masters Degree in Advanced Architecture from the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, IAAC, in Barcelona, Spain, 2009.


He is currently an Associate at Syverson Monteyne Architecture in Winnipeg, Canada, where he also worked between 2006 and 2008. 

César collaborated with the Mex Y Can for the first time during the 2007 Folklorama Mexican Pavilion. He was the designer and construction coordinator of the Cultural Display, a modular, portable and contemporary structure that reinterpreted the traditional Mexican arcade. 

After living in Barcelona for four years and having returned to settle down in Winnipeg with his wife and daughters, Cesar is happy to rejoin Mex Y Can to continue to contribute towards the goals and growth of the Association, as well as the promotion of its various cultural events. 

Cesar was heavily involved in the behind the scenes of the stage set up for the Mexican Pavilion, Mariachi and Tequila, the Heart of Mexico at Folklorama and volunteered his time as a cashier.  



Abraham Tassia Santos


Abraham  moved to Canada in January 2012. He is from Monterrey Nuevo Leon. Abraham is married and has two beautiful girls. Abraham works in an insurance company named Johnston Group.

Back in Monterrey, Abraham used to work as a supervisor in a company called Sutherland Global Services, which is a contact centre who would offer services to AT&T amongst other companies.

Abraham had the opportunity to volunteer at Dia de Muertos 2015 and coordinated the food line in Folklorama 2016 and loved the experience. Abraham would like to continue being involved in the association in a more active role as community leader.





Jaime Vargas




Jaime was born in Mexico City and made his professional debut in 1989 with the Campania Nacional de Danza in Mexico City and has since performed with many other companies. Jaime began his dance training when he was 14 years old at the Centro de Arte y Ballet in his hometown. Studying with teachers Tita Ortega and his older brother Alejandro Vargas, he graduated with a RAD designation with honoursand received the prestigious Solo Seal. Jaime also studied at the London Studio Centre in England, as well as the Australian Ballet School where he graduated from his classical ballet studies. To further his studies, Jaime received countless scholarships and grants that gave him the opportunity to travel the world over. Vargas joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) as a principal dancer in July of 2004 from the Compañía Nacional de Danza. .

As a dancer, Vargas has competed internationally and has won several awards, including the Silver Medal during the Fifth International Dance Festival in Paris, France (1992). He has been praised for his contribution to the Arts by international critics as well as the Mexican Government.


Vargas joined the RWB as a Principal dancer in July of 2004. During his time with the RWB, Vargas danced many leading roles including Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Captain Hook in Jorden Morris’ Peter Pan and the title role in Mark Godden’s Dracula. Vargas retired from the RWB Company in 2011 and joined the Artistic Staff as Ballet Master. In 2012, Vargas added Community Outreach Coordinator to his title and has worked to create outreach programming which he has delivered successfully in Winnipeg and across Canada.



     Luis Jasiel Garcia




Luis Jasiel was born in Tijuana, B.C. Mexico; Luis Jasiel just recently graduated from Kelvin High School. In 2008 he and his family moved to Victoria, BC; then in 2009 he arrived to Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ever since then he has been an active volunteer with the Mex Y Can Association of Manitoba in different socials, events, and pavilions.

Luis Jasiel was the Youth Ambassador at the Mexican Pavilion 2011 and 2013. Most recently in 2016, he was the VIP Coordinator at our larger pavilion and one of the biggest Folklorama has ever seen. Luis Jasiel is currently volunteering as a leader at Club Awana which is a global non-profit ministry for kids.





Zoila Teles



Zoila was born in Queretaro, Qro., Mexico, and immigrated to Canada in 1987. She is married to a Canadian/Portuguese man and they have a wonderful daughter. Zoila has been working at Quality Design, Inc. as an Accountant/Office Manager for over 16 years.

Zoila was very involved with Mex Y Can and the organization of the Mexican Pavilion at Folklorama since the beginning of operations. She has also participated in many fund raising events like socials and other Mexican celebrations organized by Mex Y Can. She was the volunteer's coordinator at the first Folklorama. Although she took a break from coordinator roles within the Association for a few years, she has always helped as a volunteer at Folklorama. In 2013 and 2016, she got more involved again as Finance's Coordinator. Zoila is in the process of obtaining her Accounting designation in Canada. She is very organized and loves to travel.






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