James Aziz was born and brought up in Ontario Canada. He studied at Ridley College and later joined the University of Western Ontario to major in Economics. After finishing his studies, Gregory J Aziz began his career working in 1971 at Affiliated Foods, a family-owned business that deals with the sale of food products in wholesale. He grew the family business in a span of 16 years to become an international trader of fresh food products from South America, and Europe. These fresh food products were supplied to wholesale markets in the America and Eastern Canada.
Greg Aziz began working for several banking companies between the late 1980s until the early 1990s, in New York. James Aziz bought one of North America’s largest railroad car companies, National Steel Car, in January 1994 from Dofasco. He now serves as the CEO and Chairman of the company at their headquarters in Ontario, Canada. It was founded in 1912 to design and manufacture railroad cars. The aim of the company is and always has been to manufacture railroad cars that meet and exceed the expectations of their customers. The company now has over a century of experience in engineering and manufacturing quality freight railroad cars in North America. More information on This Page
As a motivational leader, Greg Aziz attributes the success of National Steel Car to the innovation, diversity, and value-driven attitude of the employees. He mentioned that it is through their hard work that the company grew their railroad car production from 3,500 per annum to 12,000 per annum in five years. The number of employees also grew in relation to the increase in production from 600 to 3,000.
Aziz ensures that the company maintains a good relationship with all their customers and employees. This ensures manufacturing and engineering excellence is always maintained. National Steel Car has retained the number one position of the railway car manufacturing consecutively for 18 years. The company is the only manufacturer of these cars in the Northern part of America that has received ISO 9001:2008 certification. Since 1996, this Company has been honored with the TTX SECO award consistently due to their high-quality operations and products. All these achievements are thanks to the efforts of Greg James Aziz.
Through the philanthropic nature of the president James Aziz, National Steel Car has sponsored various local charities in its hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. Aziz together with his wife Irene has also sponsored the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.