Mistik Utility Services, Warman

At just 30 years old, Justin Harris sold almost everything he owned in order to start his own company. Now the proud owner of Mistik Utility Services, Justin says it was an intimidating decision but worth it in the end.

“I sold everything but my house to look good to the bank. I know I was scared at the start, but if you don’t put yourself out there, who will?”

With the cost of a hydro-vac truck pushing well over $650,000 Justin knew he needed help getting his business off the ground.

“It’s not a cheap game to get into,” he says, “and Clarence Campeau Development Fund was a huge help. My lender has been a rockstar through it all!”

Through CCDF’s Business Development Program and the Métis Entrepreneur Equity Program, Justin was able to reach his goal and become a major player in the growing underground construction industry. In just one year, Mistik has already acquired three hydro-vacs and Justin says he sees more growth for 2023.

“It’s the way of the future for hydro-vacs. You’re just going to see more and more of them.”

As he continues to grow his young business, Justin says his relationship with CCDF will grow as well.

“I definitely see myself having a partnership with CCDF in the future. As a Métis man, it’s been pretty great to get an opportunity to work with a Métis focused organization. It’s been quite the journey so far, and it’s turned out really well.”