Hello, I’m Jess
Systems changemaker, designer, entrepreneur.
“How can I create positive impact in the world that is meaningful, sustainable, and scalable - in a way that is most authentic to me?” This lifelong question has led me through an unexpected journey of global adventures, creative explorations, human connections, and self-discovery.
With a passion for human-centered design, entrepreneurship, and social innovation, I've founded award-winning companies that have served over a million people worldwide. Now as a systems change consultant at Reos Partners, I help diverse stakeholders learn to trust each other, experiment together, and address our society’s most pressing and deep-rooted challenges.
More about me
At Reos Partners, I am currently running the Emergency Aid Lab (funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) - helping US colleges design programs to keep their most at-risk students in school, and scale training across the country.
Previously, I was a founding partner of Journey CX - a consultancy enabling organizations to foster innovation culture from within. I’ve had the pleasure of working with clients including RBC, CIBC, and Telus. I am also the co-founder of Penyo Pal and SnapLingo - award-winning education technology companies serving over 1 million users worldwide. I began my journey designing digital and service experiences at Google, Adaptive Path, and Vision Critical.
As a global nomad, I have built teams in Beijing, San Francisco, and Toronto, leading projects in industries ranging from finance, consumer technology, international development, to sustainable agriculture.
I am an active speaker, educator, and graphic recorder, and am honoured to have been featured by Forbes, National Post, Techvibes, and Betakit.
Companies I've worked with
Some things I’ve done
Launch.co EDU "Best New Startup" Award
CIX "Canada's Top 20 Innovative Companies"
Named one of Canada's Next 36 High Impact Leaders
IDEO.org Human-Centred Design Grant
International D&AD Yellow Pencil Finalist - Digital Design
Beijing Design Week Sustainability Award
HUB Ventures "Tech For Good" Startup Weekend - Grand Prize
Published co-author in Biotechnology Progress - Stem cell bioreactor expansion research
F-Stop Featured Travel Photographer