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.

Education
Trading Services – University of British Columbia
Leadership Series – Okanagan College

Professional Affiliations
Member, Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board
Member, BC Real Estate Association
Member, Canadian Real Estate Association

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!

Education:
Trading Services – University of British Columbia
Bachelor of Business – Charles Darwin University, Australia

Professional Affiliations:
Member, Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board
Member, BC Real Estate Association
Member, Canadian Real Estate Association

Clare Pollonais / Managing Broker (Residential & Commercial), REALTOR®

Clare joined Venture Realty Corp. with over 10 years of business experience in recruitment, sales, and hospitality.  She obtained her Managing Broker license in 2019 and oversees the Commercial and Residential divisions of the Brokerage. Her attention to detail on compliance requirements and relationships with the industry regulatory bodies ensures optimal support for the brokerage. 

As a Partner in the Brokerage, she is involved in strategic planning and overall operations of the business and committed to the success of all Agents and Brokers. Clare is highly devoted to client care and satisfaction, brings a high level of professionalism and integrity and enjoys giving back to her community through volunteer work.  

 

 

 

Education
Trading Services – University of British Columbia
Master of Business – University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business
Bachelor of Science – University of British Columbia

Professional Affiliations
Member, Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board
Member, BC Real Estate Association
Member, Canadian Real Estate Association

Chris Grout / Founder, 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 son, my wife and myself.  We are happy to live in this beautiful place that many vacation in!

The Commercial Team

Chris Wills

Jason Wills

Courtney Fedevich

Unlicensed Assistant