Gordon Rennie was born in 1929 in St John’s, Newfoundland. In 1947, he began working for the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) near Arviat. He then worked in northern Manitoba, and was later sent to Kimmirut, where he worked as HBC store manager. He got married in Kimmirut and was later transferred by the HBC to Iqaluit. He does not recall any policy regarding loose dogs or any dog slaughter incident happening in Kimmirut.