Gregory James Aziz was born on London, Ontario on April 30, 1949. Greg received his education at Ridley College and then went on to major in Economics at the University of Western Ontario. Once completing his studies, Greg Aziz entered the family business, Affiliated Foods in 1971. Over the next 16 years the company experienced growth and success, eventually becoming a global importer of fresh food from across Europe, Central and South America, distributing to fresh food wholesalers across the United States and Eastern Canada.
Gregory J Aziz worked throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s on various investment banking opportunities within and outside his role at Affiliated Foods. After the successful completion of that process, Mr. Greg Aziz was able to facilitate the purchase of National Steel Car from Dofasco, Inc in 1994. The goal of this acquisition was to take a once prosperous Canadian company and transform it into North America’s leading railroad freight car manufacturer. By leveraging National Steel Car’s advanced engineering practices and with significant human and capital investment, Greg James Aziz and his management team were able to triple their production capabilities in 5 years. During that same time, employment grew exponentially, from 600 employees in 1994 to nearly 3000 in 1999.
James Aziz, as he is sometimes known, and the rest of the family at National Steel car are committed to their hometown Hamilton Community and are sponsors of many location cultural organizations and charities. The National Steel Car Christmas party is the event of the season for thousands of employees, past and present, and as part of the festivities all employees participate in the company’s major holiday food drive for local food banks.
In his own words, Greg describes the employees of National Steel Car as the cornerstone of their great company and organization. He continues to be extremely proud of what he and his team have accomplished together as a dynamic, diverse and innovative company. Gregory James Aziz continues to be a leader of industry in Canada and the United States, serving as an example of how to lead a productive and profitable company, while being a leader in the community as well.
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