Gregory Aziz; CEO, President and Chairperson of National Steel Car.

Gregory James Aziz was born in Ontario, London, the year 1949. He grew up in Ontario and went to college at Ridley College. He attended university at the University of Western Ontario.

While at the University of Western Ontario, Gregory J Aziz majored in economics. That was his passion, and he pursued it. He also had the desire to run a company of his own, something he later on achieved.

Greg James Aziz joined his family’s company, Affiliated Foods, in 1971. Affiliated Foods is on the leader board of the global importers of fresh food from Europe, Central, and Southern America. His experience here molded Greg into a good leader, and it is here where he acquired team-building and managerial skills.

Because of his love for the financial industry, Greg Aziz worked with a variety of investment bankers in New York. While doing this, he already had the dream to purchase National Steel Car, and he would see his dream to fulfillment. In1994 when he had enough money, he bought NSC from Dofasco.

National Steel Car is a global engineering company and manufacturers of railroad freight cars. It is on the leader board of freight car manufacturing, not only in Canada, but also in the Americas and Europe. Globally, it ranks among the best and top manufacturers of the railroad freight car.

Every company or firm has a history and a story to tell. National Steel Car under the management of Gregory Aziz is not an exception. It began as a big company by name, but it was not performing well initially. Among the challenges that NSC faced was little labor and workforce because the number of employees compared to the work output demanded was not proportional. The company initially held an employment rate of 600 per year and manufactured 3,500 cars annually.

James Aziz changed things, and his experience with National Steel Car proved to be a good but tough one since he had to take it from the bottom up to the top. By 1999, the company held a clean and astounding record of 12,000 manufactured cars in a year, and another incredible record on employment of 3,000 every year.

Apart from having expert managerial skills, Gregory Aziz was also a man of the people. This is evidenced by the fact that National Steel Car holds Christmas parties every end year. In the parties, they invite current workers and the previous ones, together with their families. He and his wife, Irene sponsor the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, among others.