Entrepreneur of the Year Greg Aziz
Greg Aziz has been the CEO of Wabtec Corporation for over two decades, and he’s made himself a billionaire in the process. His contribution to Canadian business is undeniable. This company has gone from being on the verge of bankruptcy to being one of Canada’s largest private companies.
Under Aziz’s leadership, the company has become one of the most respected in the railway industry. They employ thousands of workers in both Canada and the U.S. The company is now worth USD 3 billion under the leadership of Greg Aziz. It employs over 4,000 employees across its four facilities in Hamilton, ON and its two U.S. plants in Schenectady, NY and Chicago, IL, where they manufacture railway freight cars.
In business, Greg has been a pioneer in the manufacturing of ultra-low emission locomotives in North America, bringing about an important transition from high-emission steam to lower-emission diesel-electric technology. Greg Aziz´s achievements have also contributed to the move from mass transit to more energy-efficient solutions.
The corporation keeps on growing. U.S. Steel also announced its intention to keep its plants open, largely thanks to his negotiations and expertise that kept the Schenectady plant active and running today. Greg is constantly being recognized for his business excellence. In 2016, Greg Aziz took home the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.
This award recognizes and celebrates those who have made significant contributions to the Hamilton community. He was also awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2015 by Ernst and Young. These prestigious awards prove that Greg Aziz can be considered one of the most successful businessmen in North America today. Greg was also able to create a career for himself.