Gregory Aziz’s Entrepreneurial Journey

Gregory Aziz’s Entrepreneurial Journey

Gregory James Aziz was born on April 30, 1949, in London, Ontario. He went to Ridley College then later proceeded to the University of Western Ontario where he studied Economics. Gregory J Aziz is now the current Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of National Steel Car, a Hamilton, Ontario based company that manufactures railroad freight cars.


At a young age of 22 years, Greg Aziz joined Affiliated Foods, a family-owned company whose core business was distribution of fresh foods. Greg Aziz helped the company grow to be a leading importer of fresh foods in Europe and the Americas, distributing to major fresh food markets across the United States and Canada. Get More Info Here.


In 1994, Greg Aziz bought National Steel Car Company from Dofasco from proceeds of investment banking opportunities he had taken advantage of in the late 80s and 90s paid off. One of his goals after purchasing the company was to tap into the unexploited market in an effort to make National Steel Car the leading railroad freight car manufacturer in North America.

Within five years of purchase, the company was able to leverage on its strong engineering expertise, team-work, and also through immense human and capital investment to exponentially grow its manufacturing capacity from 3500 cars per year in 1994 to 12000 cars per year in 1999. Within the same period, the National Steel Car was also able to create more than 2000 jobs.

Today, National Steel Car prides itself as the industry leader in new car innovation, with a building capacity of thousands railroad freight cars per year. They attribute this success to their unrelenting quest of designing, engineering, and manufacturing prowess and also their unwavering determination of staying at the top.


As part of its Corporate Social Responsibility programs, National Steel Car has sponsored several events including Theatre Aquarius and the Hamilton Opera. More works supported by National Steel Car include the United Way and the Salvation Army among other local charities. Each end year during Christmas time, several employees, both former and current, together with their families, attend the Company’s Christmas Party where they also participate in major food drives for the local food banks.


Greg and Irene, (his wife) are also sponsors of The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair which happens to be one of Canada’s most popular agricultural fairs that takes place every November in the City of Toronto where they celebrate the best in agriculture, local food, and equestrian competitions from across the country.


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