My name is Melissa Different.

Welcome to Different Financial.

My name is Melissa Different, and I have been passionate about helping my clients achieve their financial dreams since 2002. During that year, I started my career working in Credit Unions, where I learned about day-to-day banking, lending, insurance, investments and financial planning which eventually became my passion. I felt I could utilize my knowledge to help my clients make the most out of every opportunity to save their hard-earned dollars and achieve their financial goals sooner.


I am grateful for the 10+ years that I spent at Credit Unions, I had learned a lot, but I realized that I needed to make a change BUT to where and what? One day I was inspired to act, I was going to start my own Financial Planning practice! So, in January 2016 I handed in my notice and the rest is history. I feel truly blessed to be of service to my clients and my community. I take my role as Fiduciary and a Financial Coach very seriously, and above all else I value the human connection with my clients. In my practice I try to foster, empowerment, discernment, and hope with my clients. The most important aspect isn't simply the planning process, although that matters, but the real magic is your own engagement in the process.

My name is Melissa Different.

My name is Melissa Different.

To my clients thank you for your loyalty and friendships over the years – You are why I do what I do! To new visitors here I hope that you have found something that resonates and if you did, I hope to connect with you sometime soon to see how I may be able to help you navigate today's complicated financial world, with grace and confidence. Thank you for stopping by my website to get to know me and why I do what makes me Different!

My name is Melissa Different.

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Mon, 06/10/2024 - 06:00
In the last article Sue had a capital shortfall of $400,000 in order to support her desired retirement lifestyle. This amount will vary for each individual and will be larger or smaller depending upon your income, age and ability to save money as a percentage of your earned income. Broadly speaking... Read more
Mon, 06/10/2024 - 05:30
There are things you need to live a healthy life, like a place to live and food to eat. There are also things that you'd like, such as a warm vacation or new ski boots. It's possible to have it all, but not all at once. If you can't afford to pay your bills for necessities like rent/mortgage,... Read more
Mon, 06/10/2024 - 05:00
Canadians are living longer, healthier lives. According to Statistics Canada (2018), the average life expectancy is 80 years for men and 84 years for women. This means your retirement years may almost equal your working ones. Family therapist Rhonda Katz suggests taking some time before retirement... Read more