On stage, Melissa shines as a speaker, emcee, interviewer and moderator. On top of regularly delivering keynotes about money, she also hosts galas, award ceremonies, conferences and other events. Melissa is represented exclusively by Speakers’ Spotlight, North America’s most innovative speakers bureau.


Melissa is the resident money expert on Canada’s leading daytime talk show, The Social on CTV and the host of the podcast Money Moves: Conversations about Investing. As one of the media’s go-to financial authorities, she also shares her insights on BNN, CBC Radio, Breakfast Television, CP24, Your Morning and Global News. Her work has also been featured in the Financial Post, the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Vice Canada, and in major dailies across the country.


Melissa uses all of her knowledge, passion and creative talents to craft messages and experiences that audiences remember; it’s just one of the many reasons she is often sought as a collaborator with top-tier brands, organizations and PR agencies. All requests for partnerships are handled by The Spotlight Agency.

About Melissa

Melissa Leong is one of Canada’s best-loved authorities on personal finance. She’s a sought-after speaker, national media personality, best-selling author and award-winning writer.

She’s the author of the feel-good finance guide, Happy Go Money and is the resident money expert on Canada’s leading daytime talk show, The Social on CTV. She’s the host of the top business podcast, Money Moves: Conversations about Investing by The Globe and Mail’s Content Studio. Her articles have appeared in newspapers across the country, including as the personal finance writer for the Financial Post. She’s also a go-to money expert for radio and television programs, appearing on The Drew Barrymore Show, BNN, CBC Radio, Breakfast Television, CP24, Global News, Your Morning to name a few.

Over the last 20 years, she has covered a variety of subjects including crime, politics, terrorism, arts and business for the National Post, the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. She has profiled survivors of the Rwandan genocide, investigated nanny abuse in Hong Kong and interviewed thousands of subjects, including heads of state, royalty and celebrities such as Hugh Jackman and Carrie Fisher.

In her spare time, she mentors youth and volunteers for organizations that promote the advancement and empowerment of young women.

She’s also fully prepared for a zombie invasion and if that doesn’t occur, she’s happily saving for retirement and for her kids' education.

Want to make your life richer?

With Happy Go Money, Melissa cuts through the noise to show you how to get the most delight for your dollar. Her award-winning book combines happiness psychology and personal finance and distills it into an indispensable starter guide.

What people are saying about Melissa’s work


Melissa was such a pleasure to work with and our webinar 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.


Melissa shared personal stories that both moved and motivated our audience. She made us laugh and she made us cry. She was engaging, charismatic, and down-to-earth, and inspired every single one of our audience members to create a vision for themselves that can be supported with simple and straightforward money management tips and tools.

Laurie Campbell CEO | Credit Canada Debt Solutions Inc.

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.

Jeff Cates President, Intuit Canada

Informative, thought-provoking, illuminating and vibrant. Her ability to connect with her audience both during and after her presentation was another hallmark of a great presenter and presentation.

Jeff Balch Conference Lead, Financial Literacy Conference | Ontario Teachers’ Federation

Melissa’s humour and candid conversation was invaluable. She provided actionable advice and shared her expert knowledge with an audience of over 800 women in business — and the feedback that we received from attendees was exceptionally positive. She is not only well-versed and impactful, but she also brings an energy to the stage that takes the audience to the next level.

Taryn Herritt Co-founder | The Atelier Collective

Melissa gave one of the most talked about presentations at our 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.

Katie Zeppieri Founder | Girl Talk Empowerment

I could have listened to her talk financial happiness for hours.

Lianne Laing Host of CTV Morning Live

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