Gregory James Aziz was born on 30, April 1949 in London, Ontario. He joined Ridley College but later moved to the University of Western Ontario where he graduated with a degree in economics. In 1971, having completed his studies, Gregory J Aziz started working at his family’s company known as Affiliated Foods.
The Organization was a global importer of fresh foods from Europe, South, and Central America. Additionally, the firm distributed all the major fresh food wholesale markets in Eastern Canada and across the United States of America. After some time, Greg Aziz decided to go to New York and work on various investment banking opportunities. This was between the late 1980s and early 1990s. Later, in 1994 James Aziz was able to arrange the purchase of National Steel Car (a firm that was owned by Dofasco). His aim was to revolutionize the once great Canadian organization into North America’s main railroad freight car manufacturer. In order to achieve his objective, Greg Aziz stressed on the company’s team building, and powerful engineering capabilities. Consequently, through substantial capital and human investment, by 1999, National Steel Car had increased its manufacturing capability. The manufacturing capability rose from 3500 cars (that were being manufactured annually at the time the company was bought) to 12000 cars by 1999. Additionally, during the same period, job opportunities offered by the company increased from approximately 600 to nearly 3000.
Today, due to National Steel Car’s endless pursuit of designing, manufacturing, and engineering the crème de la crème railroad freight cars, it is the leading company in new car innovation. Moreover, the organization is the only company dealing in freight railroad car-engineering, and manufacturing with a certified ISO 9001:2008. Besides, due to the firm’s dedication and success in building the best freight railroad cars, National Steel Car has been granted the TTX SECO highest quality award for 18 consecutive years.
Besides his business activities, Gregory James Aziz is also involved in humanitarian activities. Additionally, he is also dedicated to improving the lives of the people living in Hamilton community. Through his firm (National Steel Car), Greg Aziz has sponsored the Hamilton Opera, Theatre Aquarius, the Salvation Army, the United Way, and many other local philanthropic organizations. Furthermore, Greg together with his employees participate in many food drives to help the local food banks. Moreover, James and his wife Irene have sponsored the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
Currently, Gregory James Aziz serves as the President, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of National Steel Car.