Gregory Aziz – Canadian Railroad Baron

The days of the railroad baron are long gone but the astounding transformation that Gregory James Aziz produced at National Steel Car certainly qualifies Greg Aziz to be ranked with the railroad tycoons of a bygone age.

Greg James Aziz is President and CEO of National Steel Car and has been since 1994 when he organized the financing to buy the near dead rail car manufacturer from Dofasco. Greg Aziz saw basic value in engineering expertise that could be capitalized on. He saw hopes in revitalizing a once proud behemoth that many in Canada had given up hope on.


In five short years Greg Aziz turned National Steel Car into the crown jewel of his Hamilton, Ontario corporation National Industries Inc. Employment increased by 500 percent. Production increased by over 340 percent. The rebirth of the company not only heralded a rebirth of Hamilton industry but signaled a new vision of rail car manufacture in North America.


The company has pursued excellence in all aspects of its operation. The drive to satisfy customers have led National Steel Car to become the only North American rail car manufacturer to be ISO 9001 certified in 2008. New innovations include development of technology that allows for a larger number of rail cars to be pulled safely and efficiently even in the most remote areas of Canada.


Greg Aziz personally led the push for harmonized regulations between Canada and the United States in the wake of numerous rail accidents in the U. S.


Gregory James Aziz is a native son of London, Ontario. He attended Ridley College and studied economics at the University of Western Ontario. He worked in his family’s wholesale food business, Affiliated Foods, for 16 years. His career led him to New York and investment banking in the 1980s and 1990s.


Life is not all money and work to Greg Aziz. He made a personal commitment to the people of Hamilton. That commitment shows in his employee’s involvement in many of the charities that help the less fortunate of Hamilton. Aziz and his wife Irene also spend their own time and money in many ways that benefit others. See This Page for related information.

Greg Aziz has a rare talent for seeing opportunity where other see only failure. His broad experience in negotiation and economics enabled him to make a near dead company come to life. A desire to always get better has inspired his employees to do even better than their best. It all worked. Some call it a modern-day miracle.


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