About Our Team
Venture Realty Corp. strives to be different! We are small by design, devoted to the Okanagan Valley and offer a comprehensive and individual service to our Buyer, Seller, Builder and Investor clients. We are passionate about what we do.
When working with us you can expect a team based approach. We function as one group of highly educated, skilled and committed professionals. Our real estate services are integrated with and supported by in-house lawyers, mortgage brokers, accountants and fabulous support staff; plus photographers, home inspectors and insurance brokers to name a few. Our team will coach you, the decision maker, every step of the way and pull in resources that best meet your needs to conquer even the most challenging transactions.
We want you to succeed in achieving your real estate goals!
Buying and selling real estate can be emotional and likely the largest financial decision you will ever make. Let our team navigate you through the process with convenience and confidence.
Kara Torgasows / REALTOR® Accredited Buyers Agent
I spent the majority of my working-life in the hospitality industry; 16 years of which was spent at Lake Okanagan Resort, where I worked my way through the ranks to Food & Beverage Manager before becoming Meeting & Event Coordinator.
It was during my time in the hospitality industry that I came to learn and appreciate the importance of great customer service. Throughout my career I have continuously strived to hold myself to a high standard of knowledge, education and professionalism whenever working with customers and clients.
In 2009, I made a career change from hospitality to Senior’s Retirement becoming the General Manager at Mission Villas Retirement Community. Being able to help seniors enjoy their retirement, integrating them into our community and overseeing their care was invaluable, and, one of the main motivators that lead me to become a part of the real estate world.
I moved to the Okanagan from Winnipeg in 1989. Just outside of Kelowna, I own an acreage and enjoy a life of family and hobby farming. The Okanagan Valley is an amazing place with so much to offer!
Clare Pollonais / Managing Broker and REALTOR®
As Managing Broker, at Venture Realty Corp, I am excited to be a part of this ever-changing industry here in the Okanagan. Having grown up in Kelowna I understand what the valley can offer and am so proud to be able to call Kelowna home.
I did take some time away from the Valley and travelled overseas ending up living in Darwin, Australia. I completed my Business Degree at Charles Darwin University and entered the workforce as a Recruitment Consultant for an international recruitment company called Hudson Global Resources.
After 6 years abroad, I returned to Canada and most recently worked in Calgary as an oilfield Recruiter which is actually very similar to being a Realtor. Choosing a job and choosing a home are two of the most important decisions you can make and I don’t take that lightly. I approach this career with a customer service focus and aim to exceed expectations and make the sale or purchase of your home as seamless as possible.
I returned to Kelowna in late 2015 with my husband and daughter and am very excited to raise a family here and grow a career based on honesty and great customer service!
Trading Services – University of British Columbia
Interior Design and Architecture – University of Calgary
Business Communications – Okanagan University College
Member, Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board
Member, BC Real Estate Association
Member, Canadian Real Estate Association
Member, Real Estate Buyer’s Agency Council
Member, National Association of Realtors
Saffron Quist / REALTOR®, Interior Designer
After purchasing my first home at age 19, I found a passion for Real Estate. I learned about the benefits of home-ownership and also the profits in real estate investment; I wanted to share my experiences.
In conjunction with an education in Business Communications, Marketing, Interior Design and Project Management, I achieved my Real Estate Trading Services License in 2006. Continuing to build my skill set, I completed the Accredited Buyer’s Representative (ABR) designation and also Senior’s Real Estate Specialist (SRES) designation earning a membership with the National Association of Realtors.
Personally; I have purchased, renovated, lived-in and sold several properties. I understand the comprehensive and emotional process of a Real Estate transaction not only as a professional but also from a client perspective. Real Estate is one of the largest assets anyone will ever buy or sell and having the right advice and right professionals around you will make or break your success in achieving your goals.
After being an independent contractor for several years with large Real Estate offices, I joined Venture Realty Corp. in 2012. Being part of a team including lawyers, accountants, mortgage brokers and support staff; I feel we are able to deliver a superior service to our clients than I ever could on my own.
Born and raised a country girl on 80 acres in Armstrong BC, I now live in the “big city” of Kelowna. To me, the Okanagan has always had a strong sense of home and is a place I know well.
Trading Services – University of British Columbia
Master of Business – University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business
Bachelor of Science – University of British Columbia
Chris Grout / Managing Broker, REALTOR®, MBA, BSc
Hello! I am the founder, owner and Managing Broker of Venture Realty Corp., a Kelowna-based Real Estate company providing trading services for Buyers, Sellers, Investors, Builders and Renovators in the beautiful Okanagan Valley.
After finishing my Bachelors of Science Degree and Masters of Business Administration Degree, I began my career in sales and marketing strategy with Canadian Pacific Railway. A significant achievement for me was in 2003 when I received the President’s Award for my involvement in the arbitration and eventual settlement of a multi-billion dollar contract dispute.
In 2004, I joined a couple skilled partners and moved my family from Calgary to Kelowna to develop a 51 unit innovative seniors’ housing project called Mission Villas. My role as a founder and managing partner was in the planning and research, project management, marketing, sales, finance, resident-services development and general management of this new community.
Venture Realty Corp. came shortly after our Mission Villas development completed. I wanted to create a Real Estate Brokerage that was structured to function as one team of highly educated professionals. My goal was to be different from other brokerages which work with their Realtors as independent contractors and instead gather a handful of skilled employees who are all available to each client and each file.
Kelowna is home for my two daughters, my wife and myself. We are happy to live in this beautiful place that many vacation in!