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HaiMing Lai

Member of the Board & Director of Engineering

Haiming joined the board of Genoil in November 2016. In addition to serving as a board of director he oversees business development opportunities, project development, engineering design, and technical support on the heavy oil upgrading technologies and projects.

Dr. HaiMing Lai holds Master and PH. D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Beijing University of Chemical Technology (BUCT) in China. He is a registered member of IMG_1430Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Dr. Lai has over 28 years of experience in R&D, application, and engineering of process technologies. His expertise includes hydroprocessing technology R&D, catalytic kinetics, process simulation, process design, project management, as well as sales and technical support in oil sands, upgrading/refining, and oil & gas industries.

Prior to joining Genoil Inc., during 1998 to 2015, he had been worked with Suncor Energy Inc., Jacobs Canada Inc., Aspen Technology Inc., and Calsim Technology to manage, design, and deliver over 20+ EPC projects at various engineering stages from scoping studies, DBM, FEED, detailed engineering, till construction/commissioning support. His engineering expertise of oil sands and upgrading in process modeling and simulation, process control, operation engineering, and process safety engineering had been utilized by the major oil producers – Suncor/Petro-Canada, Syncrude, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd, Shell Canada, BP, and Athabasca Oil Corporation.

Before moving to Canada, served as a process lead, he worked at Beijing Research Institute of Chemical Engineering of BUCT to lead, manage and implement over 20 lab/pilot/field R&D projects on catalytic kinetics, reactor technology evaluations, and performance enhancement by forced unsteady-state operations. These prototyping technologies have been successfully applied to the hydroprocessing reactor analysis, design and operation for SINOPEC companies.


  • 20+ years of engineering experience in hydroprocessing technology development, catalytic kinetics/reactor simulation, process design, project management, as well as sales and technical support in upgrading/refining, and oil & gas industries
  • Hands on industrial technology R&D experience in the lab and pilot scales for catalytic kinetics, reactor technology evaluation, and process enhancements
  • EPC project experience in both operating and EPC companies from scoping study, DBM, EDS, detailed engineering, till construction & commissioning support
  • Extensive engineering design experience in DRU/VDU, hydrocracker/hydrotreater, H2, oil treating, de-oiling, water treatment, steam generation, and utilities for SAGD/Upgrading plants
  • Specialized in process and system design – process design basis, process design criteria, H&M balances, MSG, PFD’s, P&ID’s, HAZOP, LDT, equipment/instrument datasheets, hydraulics, flare system design, and operation manuals
  • Extensive simulation skills to build, customize, validate and exercise process models with HYSYS (Dynamics)/Unisim/Aspen Plus/AFT Fathom/Flarenet/HTRI
  • Well-developed communication, interpersonal, leadership and project management skills;
  • Member of APEGA, M.S. and Ph. D. in Catalytic Reaction Engineering