Gregory Aziz: A Philanthropic Corporate Leader

 For any company or organization, having a tradition steeped in history is an important beacon that acts as a reference point for future progress. For over a century, National Steel Car prides itself in modeling its operations around manufacturing and engineering excellence and positive transformation to meet the emerging market demands. Over the past few decades, the latter tradition has been particular crucial in its quest for survival and relevancy in an increasingly changing business environment. At the center of the company’s new financial, operational and corporate social responsibility transformation is Gregory James Aziz: a leading corporate leader with vast experience and excellent track record in corporate management. Read More on This Page.

 

Towards Greater Community Involvement at National Steel Car

In 1994 when Greg Aziz was at the forefront of National Steel Car’s take over by National Industries Inc., the Hamilton-based company was facing an uncertain operational and financial future. Its productivity and consequently its financial standing was declining. Moreover, it social presence in the larger Hamilton community was rather low other than the hundreds of locals who worked at the company. Upon taking over the reins of the company where he currently serves as the chairman and chief executive officer, Greg James Aziz embarked on the challenging task reviving the dwindling fortunes of the company and driving it towards a greater engagement with the local communities beyond provision of employment opportunities.

 

 It is a task that he excelled at and within five years, National Steel Car had over 2,400 new employees compared to the 600 he found when he took over in 1994. Productivity grew many folds while new deals were signed strategic partners, which opened new markets in other parts of Canada and the American commercial railroad transport industry. Throughout these new transformative developments, Gregory J Aziz ensured that National Steel Car remained true to its tradition of high quality manufacturing and engineering. Most significantly, the company became actively involved in the charitable activities within the local Hamilton community. While its employees donate food to the local food bank, the company became the main sponsor for several charities including Hamilton Opera, the United Way and the Salvation Army. Together with his wife, James Aziz financially supports the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

 

Career and Education Background

James Aziz first made a name for himself at Affiliated Foods, which he joined in 1971 and helped the family-owned company specializing in wholesale of food to great operational success including expansion of operations in North, South and Central America and Europe. The Ridley College and University of Western Ontario economic-graduate later moved to the U.S. where he made a name for himself in New York’s investment banking industry.

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