Complete Expeditions | 2010 - present
ComEx is a premier guiding and outfitting company specializing in custom voyages through the Northwest Passage in the Canadian Arctic, Greenland and Alaska. ComEx was founded to provide project management and operations support for a select group of clientele and their super yachts. Please visit Complete Expeditions Inc. for more details.
Uplink Aviation | 2010 - present
Uplink was founded to provide its 35 years of expertise in commercial aviation to the emerging use of drones (UAS/RPAS) in commercial operations in Canada. Uplink’s focus is on applying commercial aviation safety standards and Safety Management Systems (SMS) to drone operations. Uplink personnel have been working in the UAS industry for over 5 years. Please visit Uplink Aviation Inc. for more details.
AeroMarine | 2009 - present
Jessco is a founding partner of AeroMarine and holds a key management position in commercializing AeroMarine’s hull-form technology development project. AeroMarine was founded to commercialize a hull-form technology conceived of by Mr. Carl Daley. With the support of NRC-IRAP, AeroMarine undertook the construction and testing of a 40' aluminum prototype of the novel hull-form at the A. F. Theriault & Son boatyard. The design is scalable and mitigates the slamming impact of a vessel encountering waves and increases overall efficiency. Commercial applications of this technology range from the recreational sector to the off-shore supply market. Please visit AeroMarine Innovations Inc. for more details.
SkyHook JHL-40 | 2002 - 2009
Pete Jess developed and patented the concept for a heavy-lift aircraft called SkyHook. Pete formed a company called SkyHook International Inc. to commercialize the technology and contracted The Boeing Company to design and engineer of the aircraft. Jessco sold its interest in SkyHook in January 2009.
Arctic Watch Lodge | 1991 - 2000
Pete Jess founded Canada’s most northernly ecotourist lodge in 1991. Located at Cunningham Inlet on Somerset Island, Nunavut, it is one of the world’s most spectacular places to view migrating beluga whales and other arctic wildlife. The Jess family ran the lodge until 2000 when they sold it to the Webber family who are still running it to this day. Please visit Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge for details on their current offerings.
Anheuser-Busch / SeaWorld | 1996 - 2000
Jessco performed field logistics and project management, including remote camp design and operation, for a SeaWorld sponsored research program studying narwhal populations in the central Canadian arctic islands relating to their Wild Arctic exhibit.
Deep Expeditions Inc. | 1998 - 2000
Pete Jess founded DeepEx, one of the world’s first and most exclusive submarine tour operations. This project was carried out by Jessco in partnership with Zegrahm Expeditions and Nuytco Research. The first of 12 planned expeditions was launched off the coast of Hornby Island, Canada, in search of six-gill sharks. The operation was eventually sold to Deep Ocean Expeditions a leading pioneer in the submarine tourism industry.
Ads Up | 1986 - 1989
Pete pioneered one of the world’s first commercial drone (UAS / RPAS) companies, Ads Up. The business plan was to provide advertisers with a cost effective small scale blimp (40’ long and 10’ diameter) to fly at events. The blimp envelope was developed by Raven Industries. It was remotely piloted at venues such as stadiums. Pete’s experience at the earliest stages of commercial drone development and operation led Jessco to found Uplink Aviation.
Polar Passage Expedition | 1986 - 1988
Jessco provided logistics planning and expedition support for the very first successful sailing expedition through the Northwest Passage. Jeff MacInnis and Mike Beedell became the first men in 400 years of attempts to sail a vessel through the Northwest Passage. They spent a grueling 100 days over three summer seasons sailing and hauling their unlikely vessel, a Hobiecat 18, from west to east over the ice choked 2,500 miles of the Passage.
Hans Island Expedition | 1984 - 1986
Jessco project managed the construction, transport and operation of a seasonal camp and lab installation for 30 persons for 40 days on Hans Island at 80° north, a disputed piece of territory in the Nares Strait. The purpose of this expedition was to study ice impacts on the island. Clients included Dome Petroleum and British Petroleum. Jessco supplied all logistics, aircraft, food, fuel, transportation of all equipment from England, and construction and maintenance of the camp and two ice airstrips.
Sea Scan Technology Inc. | 1984 - 1988
Pete Jess pioneered the design, development and commercialization of the world’s smallest submersible robots (ROVs). Sea Scan clientele included the US Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory, the US Navy Special Warfare Devision, Ontario Hydro (Nuclear power plants) and the National Geographic Society. Please see: CBC Archives - Venture, Broadcast: May 20,1985 for a television article on this endeavor.
Breadalbane Expedition | 1982 - 1983
On loan from Dome Petroleum, Pete was put in charge of all field logistics / field production for the National Geographic Breadalbane Expedition. Coordinating with over five different companies and organizations, Pete designed and implemented the field station including construction of an ice-airstrip, all the necessary equipment and a 30-man camp on the sea ice over the shipwreck, located 350 feet below on the ocean floor. Specialized provisions had to be made for the housing and deployment of a manned submersible and a large ROV to access the wreck as well as developing emergency evacuation measures. This project was the cover feature of National Geographic Magazine, July 1983.
Tarsuit Island Remediation | 1981 - 1982
As the Senior Engineering Technician for Dome Petroleum and CAN-MAR, Pete was put in charge of field logistics to remediate a man-made island in the Beaufort Sea. The island was becoming unusable due to ice and water erosion. Over a 6-week period, Pete developed and implemented the strategy to stabilize the island. He directed an extensive team to utilize quarrying equipment, icebreakers, supply boats, and some of the world’s largest helicopters to transport and install series of steel piles and a massive number of rock gabions which ultimately saved the island and Dome’s drilling project for the ’82 drilling season.
Ice flow Towing Procedure Development | 1979 - 1981
As the Senior Engineering Technician for Dome Petroleum and CAN-MAR, Pete was tasked with leading a team to develop the very first successful ice pan and ice flow towing project in the Beaufort Sea. This project was to enable offshore supply boats to redirect ice flow movement away from drill ships anchored to the sea floor. Similar techniques are still used today in northern offshore fields.
Under Ice Oil Spill Containment | 1977 - 1979
As the Senior Engineering Technician for Pan Arctic Oils Pete was tasked with leading a team to develop the very first approved under ice oil spill containment methods approved by the Canadian government. The engineering work was done over a period of two winter seasons on the sea ice in the Canadian arctic archipelago and included the development of prescribed ice-blasting to cut a trench that would capture escaping oil. A full scale demonstration was performed for Canadian government officials in spring of 1979 and resulted in the technique being the first approved contingency plan for an oil spill in sea ice.