After first earning a bachelor's degree in physical education, André went on to obtain a master's degree in physical activity sciences from Université de Montréal. He has Level IV certification from the National Coaching Certification Program, the highest for gymnastics trainers in Canada. A member of the national junior artistic gymnastics team, he participated in ten Canadian Championships between 1988 and 1998, and the Canada Games in 1991. In 1998, he began a career as artistic gymnastics coach, and fulfilled that role at the Canada Games in 2007. Since 2009, André has taught floor acrobatics, Chinese hoop and physical preparation at the École nationale de cirque.