About Venture Commercial Realty
What We Do
Venture Commercial was born from a driven, competitive vision to improve and elevate the practices of commercial real estate. Our clients get the expertise of the largest commercial real estate brokerage in the Okanagan and the flexible, creative and refreshing representation of a boutique real estate firm. Our approach is about transparent communication, innovative marketing, comprehensive prospect and marketing lists, elevated screening, and experience proven negotiation strategies.
We are about developing long-term relationships with our clients. We communicate all information – positive, negative, and indifferent feedback – in efforts to provide all the information required to make an educated and fully informed decision.
We measure our success not by commissions, but by the long term relationships developed with our clients.
Service And Offerings
We create value to our client’s portfolios and mandates by providing the following commercial and investment real estate services:
Chris Wills - MANAGING PARTNER,
Sales AND Leasing
As a leading broker in the Okanagan marketplace, Chris has extensive knowledge of the local retail, office and investment market. He has a clear understanding of commercial real estate trends and how they affect the market. His care and attention to detail have been essential in building strong and long-term relationships with his clients, colleagues and community.
Chris has successfully completed hundreds of real estate transactions on behalf of various clients and prominent developers. Most notably, the sale, repositioning and full lease up of the former Orchard Gardens Shopping Centre along Harvey Avenue – now called Centre 97, the precedent setting sales transaction of the 1605 Gordon re-development property, the repositioning and full lease of W. Brett Wilson’s retail property PrairieWest Centre in West Kelowna, and being the lead broker for The Chopped Leaf’s expansion throughout North America, assisting in building the brand from 3 locations to over 100.
Prior to creating Venture Realty Commercial, Chris was one of the top agents at Colliers International for over four years, and was integral part of the Sales & Leasing Team at DTZ Okanagan from 2008 to 2016. Before real estate, Chris worked with an international restaurant group as a Senior Manager and Training Partner. This experience gave him a strong understanding of customer service, and how to succeed in high pressure environments.
When not in the Office, Chris spends invaluable time with his wife and two daughters. When it’s time to relax, you’ll find him on the basketball court or football field.
Charity Work: Co Founder of 100 Men/Hero’s Who Give a Damn- Over $350,000 raised for Okanagan focused non-for-profits since 2016.
Jason Wills - PARTNER,
Sales and Leasing
Jason has specialized in commercial real estate for over 8 years. He has been involved in hundreds of transactions amounting to over a million square feet of commercial real estate sold, acquired or leased.
Jason’s clients benefit from his extensive experience and technical grasp of all aspects of commercial real estate. He listens to his clients, strives to understand the circumstances, and is driven to deliver excellent results.
Prior to joining Venture Commercial, Jason worked at Colliers International as a Senior Associate. During this time, Jason quickly became one of the Okanagan’s leading volume agents. Jason is excited to partner with Venture Commercial and has built many of the internal systems that will propel the firm’s success. Jason’s core values focus on creating meaningful, long lasting partnerships.
Jason loves spending time with his wife and daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys playing basketball/football and is very active in a number of local charity groups within the Okanagan.
Lee Levering -
PARTNER, Sales and Leasing
With over 12 years of experience in the BC and Alberta commercial real estate markets, Lee brings a diverse background and skillset to the Venture Commercial team. Having previously worked in commercial real estate brokerage in Calgary, as well as for landlords and developers in both Calgary and Kelowna, Lee understands the intricacies of a commercial real estate transaction from both sides of the table. Lee understands the driving needs of both tenants and landlords and possesses the technical skills necessary to ensure his clients’ requirements are satisfied regardless of the size or type of transaction.
Prior to joining Venture Commercial Lee was the Director of Leasing at Callahan Property Group, one of the largest landlords and developers in the Okanagan. Lee moved to Kelowna from Calgary where he was previously in leasing and sales roles with two developers, Brookfield Properties and Ronmor Developers. Lee transitioned to the landlord and developer side of the business in 2013 after five years in commercial real estate brokerage with Colliers International.
Throughout his career, Lee has completed hundreds of transactions totaling over three million square feet in all categories including industrial, retail, and office leasing, as well as a variety of sales transactions.
In his free time Lee enjoys golfing, skiing, fishing, playing basketball and enjoying the natural amenities the Okanagan has to offer with his family. Originally from Vancouver Island, Lee never misses his annual salmon fishing trip to the West coast!
Courtney Fedevich - Associate, Sales and Leasing
Courtney is one of the Venture Commercial Associates responsible for Commercial Sales and Leasing. Courtney has been in the industry since 2020 when she joined as the Project Lead, responsible for all client relations, marketing and conveyancing.
She spent the prior 5 years managing in the Restaurant Industry, where she developed her passion for people and networking. Courtney enjoys helping local entrepreneurs and business owners confidently navigate their leasing interactions.
Courtney spent the early years of her life living in Southern Ontario, Germany, and Winnipeg but is excited to re-establish her families roots in the Okanagan.
Courtney’s dream is to purchase a property in the Okanagan where she can spend her free time gardening, raising chickens and operating a local Bed and Breakfast while continuing to establish herself as a well known Commercial Sales and Leasing Associate.
Trading Services, University of British Columbia
Bachelors of Business Administration – Marketing Major, University of Winnipeg
Business Administration Diploma – Marketing Major, Red River College
Sol Benson - Associate, Sales and Leasing
Sol joins the Venture Commercial team as an Associate involved in leasing, sales and tenant representation throughout the Okanagan. He is an integral part of the team, assisting clients with projects and listings from start to finish. He is looking to further expand his knowledge in the commercial real estate industry and brings a detail oriented, relationship driven approach to achieving his clients’ success.
Born and raised in Kelowna, Sol has seen the city’s growth and transformation first hand. He is grateful to be a part of that growth and help facilitate the development of his community. Sol joins us with a Degree from UBC Okanagan and extensive managerial experience in the events industry where his experience managing customer relationships has transferred seamlessly to the world of commercial real estate.
Sol is a big believer in staying connected with his community and donating his time to those in need. He has built houses for underprivileged families locally and abroad, and in his off time, Sol coaches youth basketball. If not on the court, Sol enjoys long distance running, playing sports, and spending time with friends.
Nicola Austin - Associate, Sales and Leasing
Nicola recently joined the Venture Commercial team as an Associate in Commercial Sales and Leasing.
She grew up in Rock Creek and Northern B.C. before moving to Ontario where she obtained a degree in Life Sciences from Queen’s University.
Nicola returned to B.C. in 2011 and was fortunate to join the Okanagan’s booming tech industry where she spent the last decade in the field of healthcare technology, building and leading one of the top Electronic Medical Record data teams in Canada. She is passionate about the role systems and innovation can play in moving organizations in new directions, and the critical importance of a strong team dynamic. The collaborative approach is what drew Nicola to Venture Commercial when she decided to enter the commercial real estate industry.
Years of experience in a corporate environment have provided a strong foundation of skills in business management that Nicola looks forward to bringing to the commercial real estate realm and her clients.
In her free time, Nicola enjoys spending time with her family, including her 14-year-old Mastiff Caesar and her fiance Colin. Nicola is a strong advocate for animal welfare and enjoys supporting the many amazing rescue organizations in her community.
Noel Acres - Associate, Sales and Leasing
Noel joins the Venture Commercial team as an Associate where he is responsible for leasing, sales, and tenant representation throughout the Okanagan.
Noel’s career in real estate spans more than 5 years throughout the Okanagan, and Vancouver in the Development industry. Noel prides himself in first understanding his client’s needs, goals, and business objectives; enabling him to strategically advise his clients based on their specific real estate needs. Noel is excited to be part of the continued growth in Kelowna.
Born and raised in Kelowna, Noel earned a Bachelor of Management Degree from UBC Okanagan.
A strong believer in the fight against heart disease and stroke related conditions, Noel is a strong supporter of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
In his spare time, Noel enjoys spending time with family and friends, early mornings Waterskiing on Okanagan Lake, and Golfing.
Murray Wills - Senior Associate, Sales and Leasing
Murray Wills is a proven broker in the Okanagan, who has an extensive network of local, national and international clients as well as a wealth of local and regional real estate experience. He has been directly responsible for hundreds of leases and sales throughout Kelowna, the Okanagan and Kootenay regions and was instrumental in negotiating some of the largest industrial lease deals to be transacted in the Okanagan.
Murray’s main emphasis is working to bring buyers and sellers together in mutually beneficial transactions. His tenacity and attention to detail has allowed him to build and constantly improve his relationships with his clients. Murray has a clear understanding of commercial real estate trends and an intimate knowledge of the local Kelowna commercial real estate market as well as the overall BC market.
Miriam Halpenny - Creative team lead/unlicensed assistant
Miriam is Venture Commercial’s Creative Team Lead. Born and raised in Calgary, Miriam studied journalism at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. With her diverse skills in writing, video, photography and content creating, she moved to Kelowna in 2019 to pursue a career as a video journalist with Castanet News. During this time, she was out in the community reporting on breaking news and other impactful stories, garnering hundreds of thousands of views on her work.
She is recognized as someone who has made a positive change in the community through her journalistic work and passion for helping others. After getting the opportunity to work with Venture Commercial, Miriam is pleased to use her creativity to benefit Venture’s marketing, social media and overall team’s efforts, as the company continues to grow. In addition to this, Miriam is a blog post writer for Rad Websites and an active member of the Animal Food Bank.
Miriam spends her free time hiking, painting, cooking and volunteering. Whenever there’s an opportunity to get involved with the Kelowna community, Miriam will be there.
Chris Grout - Manager / Broker
I am the founder, owner and Managing Broker of Venture Realty Corp. My history in business has to led to the creation of Venture Realty Corp, which has developed into one of the Okanagan’s most respected real estate companies.
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 an innovative 51 unit seniors’ housing project called Mission Villas.
Venture Realty Corp. came shortly after the completion of the Mission Villas development. It was my desire to create a real estate brokerage that was structured to function as a collaborative team of highly educated professionals. Venture has achieved this goal and in 2020 started a commercial division to ensure that we can fully meet all of the real estate needs of our clients. I maintain an active life in the Kelowna business community and sit as a Director of Argent Diversified Holdings, a Kelowna based investment fund.
I’m proud to call Kelowna home and enjoy all the Okanagan has to offer with my wife, two daughters and son.
Trading Services – University of British Columbia
Master of Business – University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business
Bachelor of Science – University of British Columbia
Clare Pollonais - Managing Broker
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!
Interview with Cseking In - NowMedia
“These brothers are always propelling each other forwards and constantly encouraging each other to be better. Through support and a little friendly competition, they have built a commercial real estate company that prides itself on putting people first and in the video below, share many of their insights and how to obtain, service and retain customers.” – NowMedia