Gregory James Aziz was born on April 30, 1940, in Ontario, Canada. He went to Ridley College and after that, he joined the University of Western Ontario where he graduated with economics major. He joined Affiliated Food, his family’s wholesale food business, in 1971. He assisted in growing the family business to an international trader of fresh foods from South America and Europe. The family business supplies fresh foods to wholesalers and markets across Eastern Canada and the United States.
Greg James Aziz currently works as the President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of National Steel Car, an internationally renowned freight car company located in Ontario, Canada. The company has over 100 years of proven excellence in the engineering and manufacturing of quality steel cars for railroad and tank cars. National Steel Car’s success is attributed to their employees. The company strives in focusing on their strengths and improving on their weaknesses to provide unmatched services in the rail industry. The consistent high delivery performance has earned them ISO 9001:2008 certification. They are the only railcar company in North America to receive such a certification. The company has also been awarded the TTX SECO award on various occasions for their performances.
It is after working on many investment banking opportunities from the late 1980s to the early 1990s, that James Aziz could organize himself in 1994 and purchase National Steel Car from Dofasco. His goal was to transform the Canadian company to a leading North American railroad freight car producer. By focusing on the company’s engineering abilities and substantial capital and human investment, Greg Aziz could grow the number of railroad cars produced from 3,500 per annum to 12,000 in just 5 years. The human investment also grew from 600 to 3,000 over the same period. See This Article.
Thanks to the persistent quest of engineering and manufacturing brilliance by Gregory J Aziz, National Steel Car has been able to maintain its status as the leading steel car company for last 18 years. The company focuses on maintaining a good working relationship always with their customers.
Greg is also a philanthropist; his generosity has been felt by the residents of Hamilton. National Steel Car has sponsored various local charities including the United Way, Hamilton Opera, Theatre Aquarius, the Salvation Army, amongst others. The company also hosts its current and past employees together with their families, in their annual Christmas party and food drive for native food banks. Gregory and his spouse Irene, are also sponsors of Canada’s prominent agricultural fair, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.