Hamelin created the Centre for Northern Studies at the Université Laval in Québec and was rector of the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières from 1978 to 1983. He was also a member of the Northwest Territories Legislative Council.
Hamelin died on 11 February 2020 at the age of 96.
- "Décès du géographe Louis-Edmond Hamelin". [[La Presse (Canadian newspaper)|]]. February 14, 2020. Retrieved February 14, 2020.