Brian completed a B.A. (Sociology) at Queen's University, an M.A. (Criminology) at the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. (Sociology) at the University of British Columbia. Now retired, he is Professor Emeritus with the School of Criminology and a former associate member with SFU’s Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies (GSWS). The Dr. Brian Burtch Graduate Award in Criminology is awarded annually to a student in their third semester of the MA program. Brian was BC/Yukon Regional Representative for TWUC from 1999-2001 and a Float on National Council from 2001-2002.
A North Vancouver resident, he was with Carol Hird, the love of his life, for over 34 years. Following her passing in 2020, the Carol Hird memorial award in midwifery was created to support incoming students in UBC's midwifery program. The Lions Gate Hospital Foundation established a fundraising webpage in Carol's memory. Over 40 trees were planted in Carol's honour under the auspices of the Canadian Institute of Forestry and the Arbor Day Foundation and the GSWS department at SFU. A permanent memory page is maintained by McKenzie Funeral Services, West Vancouver, BC.
Brian has a daughter, Leora Gibson, son-in-law Trent Gibson,and three grandchildren (Maeve, Torsten, Ella). Brian's interests include post-secondary program evaulation, photography, hiking on the North Shore, slo-pitch softball, and philanthropy. Brian served as TWUC’s representative on the BC/Yukon Book Prizes Board for seven years, retiring from the Board in 2017. Recent academic and community work involved serving on an expert panel for the Degree Quality Assessment Board (DQAB) in BC in 2017, participating in an external review of Saint Thomas University's Criminology & Criminal Justice Department in 2016, and peer reviews for the Journal of Homosexuality. He served as a BC/Yukon Book Prizes judge in the 2019 Roderick Haig-Brown regional prize category and volunteered at the 20th anniversary North Shore Writers Festival in 2019. Brian presented in a Zoom session on LGBTQ2S+ bullying for North Shore Eldercollege in September 2021. He is currently finishing a personal memoir through the StoryWorth platform.
Brian's SFU webpage