Burgess is a graduate of the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. His Masters dissertation covered energy transition and sustainability while maintaining environmental and economic integrity around the Alberta Oil Sands. He has worked for Alberta Environment and Parks as a Park Interpreter, where he was able to share his passion for the outdoors. An avid outdoorsman, he keenly pursues mountain biking, backcountry skiing and various backpacking trips across the Canadian Rockies. He hopes to continue his career by contributing to environmental, economic and societal transformations in a Canadian context, with a special focus on energy, large infrastructure, and long term planning. He expects to return to school for a PhD in the future, and sees himself potentially as a Professor, Author, Philosopher, and Philanthropist as life goals.