The Identity and Leadership of Gregory James Aziz

by WilliamV .

Gregory James Aziz is currently the Chairman, President, and CEO of National Steel Car, one of today’s globally leading railroad freight car manufacturing and engineering companies based in Hamilton, Ontario. He is the man behind the excellent record of National Steel over 100 years of manufacturing quality freight and tank cars, earning the company its reputation of being North America’s leading manufacturer.

The Rise of James

James Aziz was born on April 30, 1949, in London, Ontario and got his education at Ridley College before majoring in economics at the prestigious University of Western Ontario. It was not long before he moved to join his family business in wholesale food manufacturing, Affiliated Foods, in 1971. He became part of the company’s growth over 16 years and led it to become one of the world’s top importer of fresh quality foods from Central and South America and Europe. With the help of Greg Aziz, Affiliated Foods reached its distribution line to all the major fresh food and wholesale markets across Eastern Canada and the United States.

National Steel’s Transformation

Greg James Aziz also worked on numerous investment banking accounts in New York during the late 1980s until the early 1990s. In 1884 he was able to successfully organize the acquisition of the National Steel Car from Dofasco, with the goal of transitioning the formerly great Canadian form into its transformation as North America’s No. 1 railroad freight car producer.

Strengths and Vision

Gregory J Aziz was able to fuel the growth of National Steel Car by emphasizing the company’s strong engineering background, its people’s team-building assets and the fantastic human and capital investment endorsed by the enterprise. This growth is highly evident in the capability of the manufacturer to increase its production from 3,500 cars/year at the time of the acquisition to 12,000 vehicles by the end of 1999. Such growth gave rise to employment from 600 to as many as 3,000.

James Aziz credits this success to the company’s unceasing desire and vision to be the country’s leading and top manufacturer with the highest engineering standards. His passion for building quality and innovative brand-new railroad cars each year also made National Steel Car as the only railroad freight vehicles manufacturer to be certified IS0 9001:2008, and keeping this honor in the last 18 years through a continuous series of recertification. Since 1996 the company has also been continuously awarded the TTX SECO recognition that certifies the company’s highest quality standards.