Melissa Leong

Melissa Leong

Personal Finance Expert | National Media Personality | Bestselling Author

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. 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 Ryerson University’s esteemed Bachelor of Journalism program.


Happy Go Money

We all want to be happier. And we all want more money. In this unique money talk, Melissa tells you how to get both wealthier and happier. Thousands of research articles have explored the connection between money and happiness. She breaks down some of the science, shares some of her own struggles and wins with pursuing wealth and wellness. Melissa outlines four strategic steps to buy happiness and to manage your money with a positive spin. Frank, funny, and empowering, this talk challenges everyone to revamp their relationship with their money so they can dial down their worries and supersize their joy.

Making Lemonade

Melissa has written for every section of the newspaper. She’s been a crime reporter, a Queen’s Park correspondent, a film reviewer, a business journalist. And she’s not shy about admitting that she’s been thrown, unceremoniously and unhappily, into some of these beats. But in every instance, she turned the challenge into a win — including reluctantly taking a job and growing it into a nationally successful personal brand. When publishers turned down her teen vampire series, she self-published the books which went on to sell more than 70,000 copies worldwide and hit bestsellers lists. With hilarious examples from her life, Melissa talks about persistence, pivoting and making lemonade out of lemons.

Money Lessons

Melissa shares five things, whether you are 12, 20 or 75 that will ensure money success. This talk can be tailored to any audience, including school and university audiences.

How to Raise Money Savvy Kids

We all want our children to grow up to be successful and financially stable. According to research 78% of Canadian parents have tried to teach their children about money. But it’s not the easiest topic to broach. To help us prepare our kids for a financially successful life, Melissa shares her best practices.

Managing your Money in Chaos: How to Approach your Personal and Professional Finances in Turbulent Times

The coronavirus has impacted all areas of life, including our finances. With a pandemic threatening the health of world economies, we’re all feeling the effects in our lives, our businesses, our savings, our wealth. In this accessible workshop, CTV The Social‘s money expert, Melissa Leong, will share her best tips for financially surviving this challenging and uncertain period so you can thrive beyond it.

Audiences will learn:

  • How to take stock of your situation and assess your risks.
  • What you should be doing to build up your relief fund, get lean, and use debt responsibly.
  • How to access support, find alternate forms of income, and innovate to emerge from a recession stronger.
  • How to approach your investments in volatile times.

This virtual presentation is 45 minutes long, plus Q&A, and includes a one-sheet white paper highlighting key points for attendees.

Pitch Perfect: How to Position your Brand as the Go-To Expert in Turbulent Times

People are in need of trusted sources to help them navigate these tough times. This is where your business and your expertise can make a big difference in many lives. But how do you capture the attention of newsmakers and influencers in order to reach the masses?

As a former journalist, Melissa Leong has received thousands of pitches, and, as a financial expert, she has successfully pitched herself to every major media outlet and several leading podcasts and bloggers in the country. In this rapid-fire workshop, she’ll cover everything from crafting a compelling pitch to being an all-star interviewee, content creator, etc.

Audiences will learn:

  • How to make a compelling and empathetic idea.
  • The nuts and bolts of a successful pitch.
  • What to do when you get a response and how to ensure the media keep calling again and again.
  • On-air or interview best practices.

This virtual presentation is 45 minutes long, plus Q&A, and includes a one-sheet white paper highlighting key points for attendees.