Burgess was born and raised in Canada's mountain National Parks. Having grown up in an environmentally focused community and family, he followed a career path that would keep him connected to his root values. Beginning in the field of Environmental Education with Alberta Parks, as a consultant in Mongolia on climate issues in the mining indutry, and following to a position with Natural Resources Canada as a policy analyst. He sought out new educational and learning opportunities at every turn, including Next Up Calgary's 3rd Cohort, a Masters in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Sussex, and extensive other training. To keep himself sane, he spends as much time in the wilderness, and on a bicycle as possible.