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Melissa Leong

Personal Finance Expert | National Media Personality | Bestselling Author

Melissa Leong
Happy Go Money Media Tour
Melissa Leong
Happy Go Money Media Tour

Melissa Leong is one of Canada’s best-loved authorities on personal finance. A sought-after speaker, national media personality, bestselling author, and award-winning writer, she is currently the resident money expert on CTV’s The Social, Canada’s leading daytime talk show, and is a repeat guest on The Drew Barrymore Show on CBS. Leong is on a quest to help people better manage their money while maximizing their happiness. She delivers high-energy, informative, and practical talks about behavioural economics, positive psychology, and personal finance in her signature frank and funny style.

For almost two decades, Leong worked as a print journalist, reporting on a variety of beats including crime, politics, terrorism, arts, and business for The National Post, The Toronto Star, and The Globe and Mail. She has interviewed thousands of subjects, including heads of state, royalty, and celebrities such as Hugh Jackman and Carrie Fisher.

Now, she is a go-to money expert for radio and television programs, appearing on CTV’s The Social, BNN, CBC Radio, Breakfast Television, CP24, Global News, Canada AM, and Newstalk 1010 to name a few. She has also written articles on the subject, most recently as the personal finance writer for the Financial Post. Leong is also the bestselling author of the award-winning, feel-good finance guide Happy Go Money.

In her spare time, Leong mentors youth, and volunteers for organizations that promote the advancement and empowerment of women. She’s also self-published teen adventure novels that have sold almost 70,000 copies worldwide and soared to #1 on a number of Amazon’s bestseller lists.

Leong graduated from the esteemed Bachelor of Journalism program at the Toronto Metropolitan University (former Ryerson University).

Speaking topics

Presentations listed below include in-person and virtual keynotes, as well as workshops, fireside chats, and other presentation formats.

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  • High energy, educational and fun are the words to describe Melissa’s presentation on How to Manage Personal and Professional Finances to RE/MAX members in Western Canada. Even through a virtual platform, Melissa was able to craft a great message, combined with her expertise to keep the audience excited and engaged throughout. It was an absolute pleasure to have Melissa speak with our members.

  • I had the pleasure of working with Melissa on a couple of webinars that my company hosted. She was such a pleasure to work with and our attendees absolutely loved her. We had over 500 people attend each webinar and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive — from her energy, to her knowledge, to her ability to break things down into digestible content that is relatable to everyone. I would love to work with her again and would absolutely recommend her for future speaking engagements.

  • Melissa was our master of ceremonies at our QuickBooks Connect event in Toronto. I can’t thank her enough for the impact she had to the success of our event. Not only was she incredibly prepared, she connected with the audience with her personal stories, and facilitated great conversations with guest speakers. A consummate professional, while being fun to work with, and an impactful communicator, all rolled into one.

  • Melissa Leong gave one of the most talked about presentations at our GIRL TALK Day event. She was able to seamlessly take the complex topic of finance and make it completely relatable and entertaining for the 1,100 girls in attendance. Melissa speaks with passion, humour, and vibrant energy that makes her completely captivating to watch.

  • Melissa captivated the Canadian Personal Finance Conference audience with her energy and enthusiasm for personal finance. She’s a dynamic and polished speaker, and we are excited to have her back at this year’s conference. I would highly recommend Melissa for conferences, media appearances or any type of public speaking engagement.

  • “Enthusiastic”, “Informative”, “Thought-provoking”, “Illuminating”, “Vibrant”, are some of the descriptors our participants used after listening to Melissa’s presentation. She captivated the audience at our Financial Literacy conference and inspired and motivated them personally and professionally to equip the students in their classroom with this essential life skill. Her passion about financial literacy was evident from beginning to end and her manner and presentation was both professional and engaging. Her ability to connect with her audience both during and after her presentation was another hallmark of a great presenter and presentation.

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