A unique blend of humor and realism that consistently engages and entertains audiences
What Our Clients are Saying
“Merge was the perfect opening keynote to prepare our attendees to develop themselves, keep an open mind, and explore their potential. She set the right tone, pace, and atmosphere to kick-off our two day event of personal and professional development. Very highly recommended!”
Organization & Human Development Coordinator
University of Waterloo
For almost two years, she was the well-known voice behind the national CBC radio column The Softer Side of Business heard coast to coast across Canada on CBC Radio One. She’s an award-winning published author, writing for many well-known organizations and publications, including the very popular Merge’s Monthly Mega Minute, and a regular column in The Globe & Mail, Canada’s most respected and widely-circulated national newspaper, printed in six major cities from coast to coast across the country. Her first book titled Why Does the Lobster Cast Off Its Shell? is now in its third edition, and her newest book Generations Exposed – Unexpected Insights Into the People You Work With went into its second printing in 2015. She is the author of over 150 articles in a wide variety of publications, and for ten years was the author of a long-running column in CGA Magazine, a professional accounting publication with a circulation of over 75,000. In addition, she has released an entire Leadership Series of educational audio CDs covering off specific challenges and issues of concern to leaders everywhere. The titles range from How to Effectively Manage Off-Site Employees to Overcoming Negativity in the Workplace to Managing Employees with Lousy Performances, Unacceptable Behavior or Rotten Attitudes. And she’s the author of several online learning programs. She is presently working on several new writing projects, including a hands-on practical how-to guide for managers and supervisors.
With over 280 satisfied (and in most cases, repeat) clients all over the world, Merge’s client base is broad and varied. They include numerous professional associations, and mid- to large-sized corporations in the financial, energy and natural resources, and government sectors. For more information about our clients, please see our Client List.
Merge is a proud professional member of the Global Speakers Federation, and holds her Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation. The CSP designation is an international measure of speaking and platform excellence and is awarded only to those accomplished speakers who meet strict criteria and have a proven record of delivering client satisfaction. Less than 10% of the speakers who belong to the worldwide federation hold this professional designation. For four years, Merge also served as an elected Director on the Board of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS).
Many people ask Merge what she used to do before she became a speaker, and the answer often surprises them. Merge is actually a professional accountant, and even though she hasn’t formally practiced accounting for many years now, she still proudly carries the CPA after her name. As Merge sometimes laughs “You can get a girl out of accounting, but you can never really get the accounting out of the girl!”
To learn more (than you probably ever wanted to know) about Merge’s background, you can read a profile done by The Bottom Line Magazine back in January 2005.
What People Say
What audiences are saying about Merge Gupta-Sunderji, Motivational Leadership Speaker