Michael Abe, a Nikkei Sansei, has been involved in the Japanese Canadian community in both Ontario and Victoria, maintaining close ties with Japan. He is the past president of the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society, serving as president for 8 terms over the last 13 years. He has been involved with the National Association of Japanese Canadians and was the editor of the Victoria Nikkei Forum from 2001-2016. Abe was instrumental in forming Support Japan 2011 Gambare Nippon, which brought the Japanese Canadian community and greater community in Victoria together to raise funds for the earthquake and tsunami victims. Michael worked in the tourism industry for over 20 years, marketing and promoting Victoria and British Columbia as a world class tourist destination and holds a B.Sc. degree from McMaster University.