André Lamalice was born in Montréal (Québec). After having completed classical studies at Collège St-Ignace in Montréal, he obtained a B.A. from the University of Montréal in 1969 and a Master's Degree in History from the University of Ottawa in 1974. Mr. Lamalice is also a graduate of the Banff School of Advanced Management (1992) and of the National Defence College , Course XLVII (1994).
From 1971 to 1974, he was Sessional Lecturer with the Department of History at the University of Alberta and the University of Ottawa .
He joined the Public Service of Canada in 1975 where he has gained varied and progressively responsible management experience in the areas of communications program development and program delivery at National Archives Canada and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). In 1984, he joined the Department of National Defence, as Ministerial Speechwriter and was appointed later Director Policy, Evaluation and Planning with the Director General Public Affairs (DGPA). He has held the position of Director of Communications, Emergency Preparedness Canada (EPC) from 1994 to 2001 and was Director of Communications, Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Preparedness (OCIPEP) until November 2001. In November 2001, he was appointed Special Advisor, Crisis Communications Project, and responsible for the design, development and delivery of a Crisis Communications Centre of Excellence in support of Government of Canada crisis management operations. In his last position in the Government of Canada, he was Advisor to the Deputy Minister, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada (PSEPC).
Mr. Lamalice is also a founding member of the Canadian Emergency Preparedness Association (CEPA) and was National CEPA President from 1998 to 2001. CEPA is the first national association dedicated to the promotion of emergency preparedness and the professional development of emergency managers.
In May 2011, Mr. Lamalice has obtained his PhD in History with specialization in Canadian Studies from the University of Ottawa. His main areas of research are environmental governance and emergency preparedness.