Gregory James Aziz is the current President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of National Steel Car. He is arguably the longest serving employee of this top railroad and car manufacturing company with a track record spanning 25 solid years.
Gregory J Aziz was born on the 30th of April 1949 in Ontario, Canada and he received his education at Ridley College, and later joined University of Western Ontario where he pursued an undergraduate degree in Economics. He then joined Affiliated Foods, which was his family’s food business and together, they managed to spur its growth to become a global ‘figure’ in the distribution of fresh foods across Europe and the American Continent.
In 1980, he moved to the USA where Greg James Aziz landed several opportunities in the banking sector as an investment manager. His relentless efforts in investment finally saw the purchase of the National Steel Car in 1994 from Dofasco. Under his tenure he has been able to see the expansion of the company from an original 3500 vehicles in a year to over 13000 vehicles by the end of 1999 financial year. Additionally, he has managed to increase the company’s employment base from 600 in 1994 to slightly over 4000 employees by the year 2010.
National Steel Car leads the pack in car innovation as it perfects its stature in railroad freight with the thousands of railroads built under its name. In fact, under Greg J Aziz, the company received the first ISO 9001:2008 certification as the only railroad freight car manufacturing company in the whole of North America. For the last 18 years, James Aziz has helped the company stay on track with this certification through his sheer commitment to professional services and prioritizing on building loyalty with the clientele. It is also worth mentioning that the company received its highest quality award in 1996 through the TTX SECO Annual Awards. Click here for more information.
Apart from his executive role at the company, Greg Aziz is also a dedicated philanthropist with his focus on the Hamilton Community where he sponsors the Hamilton Opera, the Salvation Army and the United Way. He also organizes food drives sponsored by the company in aid of the several food banks across Canada which have entirely shifted the company’s public image. Lastly, Gregory Aziz and his wife have also dedicated their time and finances towards promoting Agriculture in their county through sponsoring most trade and agricultural fairs. One such example is the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair where James Aziz has built passionately devoted his finances towards establishing it for a worthy course.