Peter E. Jess
Pete is the founder of Jessco Logistics Ltd. Jessco’s operations reflect his entrepreneurial experience in remote area logistics, project management, new technology development and commercialization.
Over the course of his 40 year career, he has worked as a commercial helicopter pilot, senior operations executive and project manager as well as a visionary entrepreneur launching disruptive technology ventures.
In the beginning of his business experience, he was involved as a manager in the arctic oil and gas exploration of the ’70s and ’80s. He lead a research team that developed the first approved under-ice oil spill mitigation techniques as well as the first ice flow towing techniques that are still in use to this day. He has field-produced film and television documentaries in remote reaches of the arctic for National Geographic, BBC, Tokyo 12, ProSieben and other companies. In the ’80s He conceived, designed, manufactured and operated the world’s smallest underwater remote operating vehicles. Later, he founded and operated the world’s most northernly eco-tourist lodge, Arctic Watch. Pete also conceived of, designed, patented and developed a new aircraft, SkyHook and partnered with The Boeing Company to commercialize it.
His list of contracted scientific, military engineering and nuclear industry projects have ranged from large-scale aerospace development and commercialization projects, specialized equipment design and development, to logistics and project management.
With this breadth of experience, Pete has been in demand for dozens of high profile experimental projects including Germany’s reintroduction of the heavy lift airship for CargoLifter in the late ’90s as well as in the development of a new planing hull design called SteadyHull™.
Along the way, he has cultivated a network of industry experts and specialists upon whom he calls to assist in developing solutions for his clientele. Pete attributes his success to the relationships that he has forged and maintained over the diversity and decades of his career.
Matthew E. Jess BComm
VP & GM
Matthew brings a versatile skillset and a strong understanding of methodical project management to all that Jessco undertakes. He also contributes his wealth of experience in business administration, tourism and hospitality, branding and communications, intellectual property strategy, new technology commercialization and entrepreneurship.
Matthew has over 20 years of guiding and outfitting experience. He grew up working at the family lodge – the world’s most northernly eco-tourist lodge – called Arctic Watch. A one-of-a-kind facility located on the Northwest Passage, it catered to the high-end adventure tourism market and offered experiences of nature that had the lodge booked for five years in advance.
Matthew has over 15 years of entrepreneurial experience in partnership with his father, Pete. Over that time he has managed a diversity of logistics, transportation, technology development, communication and media projects as well as film and television production in some of the continent’s most challenging environments. From an early age, he has been involved with and developed in-depth knowledge of the entire life cycle of the entrepreneurship process.
Matthew has extensive hands-on experience in new technology development and commercialization, including business plan development, financial structuring, intellectual property strategy and contracts management. In 2009, Matthew was one of the youngest vice presidents in the aerospace and defense industry. Having led the SkyHook project for over six years, he oversaw the aircraft development process by a 60-person engineering team within the Boeing Company’s Rotor Craft Division and worked with potential customers to develop the technology’s business case. Matthew was also in charge of the firm’s corporate strategy, branding and communications implementation.
Subsequently, Matthew and Pete have undertaken a number of other start-ups including Uplink Aviation, a company concerned with the safe integration of UAVs into standard industry aviation operations.
Matthew received his Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction in 2015 from the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary, Canada. He is also a lifetime inductee of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society. Matthew is a life-long learner with endless curiosity. He is currently completing his Private Pilot’s Licence and learning computer programming in his spare time.