With over a century of relentless pursuit of engineering and manufacturing excellence, National Steel Car has carved out a name for itself as the leading manufacturing and engineering company Canada and globally. Such a stellar reputation requires a strong and visionary leadership that can ensure that the company remains grounded on its founding traditions while also guiding it towards new heights by realigning its operations with the emerging markets and challenges. One such individual who has played this challenging yet rewarding role is Gregory James Aziz. Through his visionary leadership, Greg Aziz has helped the Hamilton, Ontario-based company further cement its place as a global household name when it comes to manufacturing and engineering.


Career Background: Towards Transforming National Steel Car’s Operations

Greg James Aziz has decades of experience working in the Canadian and American corporate sectors. Before taking over the leadership and ownership of the company headquartered in his hometown of Hamilton, Greg J Aziz had worked at Affiliated Foods. He joined the family-owned wholesale food company in 1971 and oversaw its growth into a global entity. Under his leadership, Affiliated Foods established distribution outlets in the Americas including the United States, Eastern Canada and South and Central America. The company also established a strong presence in Europe.


After working at the family business for over a decade, James Aziz moved to the United States where he joined the several New York-based investment banks. His over two decade association with National Steel Car began in 1994 when he spearheaded the purchase of the company. He is currently serving as the chairman, president and chief executive of the company having led a spirited and successful campaign to transform its operations. He is also a member of its board of directors. His excellent leadership saw the company manufacturing capacity rise from 3,500 to 12,000 within a span of five years of taking over. The same period also saw the company’s employee base increase five times to 3,000. Gregory James Aziz has enabled National Steel Car regain its lost glory as one of North America’s leading specialists in railroad cars.


Education Background and Charitable Endeavors

Greg Aziz is a certified economist having studied at Ridley College and later joined the University of Western Ontario where he specialized in Economics. This has given him the prerequisite background on business operation required to guide the company to greater success through strategic operational decisions including partnerships. He is actively engaged in charitable activities in Hamilton including sponsoring Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. He has led the company’s employees in contributing to food banks. He has also guided the company towards supporting various local charities including the Salvation Army, Hamilton Opera, Theatre Aquarius and the United Way.