Jess was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba and first stepped onto the ice at 5 years of age. Growing up, Jess was involved with many sports outside of speedskating such as cycling, cross country running, as well soccer. After finishing high school, Jess continued his journey in speedskating at the Olympic Oval in Calgary while completing his degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Calgary. In recent years, Jess has competed on the World Cup circuit, podiumed internationally and raced at the ISU World Championships in Inzell, Germany in 2019. Jess is currently working towards qualifying for the Beijing Olympics in February 2022.