Alain Malo

Physicist, Environmental Emergency Response Section

Specialist in research, development and operations of atmospheric transport and dispersion models of pollutants for environmental emergency operational response

Current research and/or projects

  • Research, development and operations in atmospheric transport and dispersion modelling of pollutants
  • Environmental emergency operational response for atmospheric and aquatic events
  • Radiological and nuclear material, chemical substances, volcanic ash and sulfur dioxide clouds, forest fire smoke, foot-and-mouth disease virus, avian influenza, Legionella bacteria, petroleum products
  • Model validation and verification against observations : Fukushima Daiichi (Japan) nuclear power plant accident, medical isotopes production facilities, forest fires in Canada, volcanic ash from eruptions in Alaska, Iceland, Russia and Chile

Education and awards


  • M. Sc. Physics, Université de Montréal, 1998
  • B. Sc. Mathematics-Physics, Université de Montréal, 1996



  • Health Canada Deputy Minister’s Award for Excellence in the category of “Science” representing the highest honour bestowed upon employees at Health Canada. Member of Airborne ruthenium-106 Assessment Team having demonstrated over the past year that he deserves such distinction, 14 June 2019.
  • 2019 Assistant Deputy Minister Award for Excellence from Health Canada’s Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch in the category of “Science”. Member of Airborne ruthenium-106 Assessment Team having demonstrated outstanding contributions relevant to the protection and promotion of the health of Canadians and supported long-term research and effective dissemination of scientific information, encouraging information sharing between scientific and policy communities, 30 May 2019.
  • Outstanding contributions made to the Environment Canada Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games Project, 6 November 2015.
  • Environment Canada citation of excellence – Teamwork, Partnership and Collaboration: Outstanding involvement and dedication as a member of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Team.