Gregory James Aziz was born in London, Ontario on April 30th, 1949. He began his education at Ridley College. He then went on to study economics at University of Western Ontario and graduated with honors. His first success as a businessman came from Affiliated Foods, the wholesale food business his family had. James Aziz put a lot of time and effort into this business to build it into a multinational company with ties throughout South America, Europe, Canada, and the United States.
Greg James Aziz then immersed himself in the world of investment banking which allowed him to put himself in the position to organize what was the most important purchase of his career – National Steel Car. From there, he became very active in the company’s daily operations and later went on to become president of the company. Greg was able to turn National Steel Car into a very successful railroad freight car manufacturer.
He was able to increase their manufacturing capability in order to help the company grow. National Steel went from being able to produce 3,500 railroad cars per year to 12,000 railroad cars, all while continuing to be an industry example for quality. National Steel has earned the TTX SECO award for high quality. All of these accomplishments led him to become the Chairman and CEO of National Steel Car Limited.
Gregory now resides in Toronto with his wife, Irene, and his daughters, Karina and Natalie. On top of being a keen businessman, he also is very involved in charitable organizations. He is a donor for the Salvation Army, the Hamilton Opera, and Theatre Aquarius. James Aziz also encourages past and present employees of National Steel car to give back.
He organizes a yearly party for National Steel’s employees and their families to come together and participate in a food drive for Hamilton House. In additional to all of this, Greg and his wife also sponsor the largest agricultural fair in Canada, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. The Aziz family is very involved in the equestrian sport and sponsors many equestrian classes at the Royal Winter Fair Horseshow.
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