Bev Koester

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Bev Koester
Clerk of the House of Commons of Canada
In office
Preceded byAlistair Fraser
Succeeded byRobert Marleau
Clerk Assistant of the House of Commons of Canada
In office
Serving with Marcel Pelletier
Clerk of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan
In office
July 1, 1960 – September 1, 1969
Preceded byGeorge Stephen
Succeeded byGordon Barnhart
Personal details
Charles Beverley Koester

(1926-01-13)January 13, 1926
Regina, Saskatchewan
DiedFebruary 1, 1998(1998-02-01) (aged 72)
Kingston, Ontario
Alma materRoyal Roads Military College
University of Saskatchewan
University of Alberta
OccupationNaval officer, academic, civil servant
Military service
Branch/serviceRoyal Canadian Navy
Years of servicec. 1944–1960

Charles Beverley "Bev" Koester, OC CD (January 13, 1926 – February 1, 1998) was a Canadian naval officer, civil servant and Clerk of the House of Commons of Canada.

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, he graduated from the Royal Canadian Naval College at Royal Roads, British Columbia in 1944. He served during the Second World War in Scotland, and in 1945 was involved in the liberation of Oslo and Copenhagen. He stayed in the Navy until 1960, retiring as a lieutenant commander. He attended the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Alberta and taught history at the University of Regina, later becoming head of the history department. He was the author of Footprints in Time – Saskatchewan (House of Grant, Canada, 1965); Mr. Davin MP (Western Producer Prairie Books, 1980);[1] The Measure of the Man (Western Producer Prairie Books, 1976) and the editor of Bourinot's Rules of Order, a handbook on Canadian parliamentary procedure.

From 1960 to 1969, he was an officer of the Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan as a Clerk Assistant and a Clerk. From 1969 to 1975 he taught history at the University of Regina. In 1975, he became Clerk Assistant at the Canadian House of Commons and was appointed Clerk in 1980. He was the first clerk of the Canadian House of Commons who was a career civil servant. During his time as clerk, television cameras were introduced into the House of Commons. He retired in 1987. He also served twice as temporary senior Clerk of the British House of Commons, becoming the first clerk from a Commonwealth country to serve as clerk in Britain.

In 1989, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.

He died in Kingston, Ontario.


  1. ^ Koester, C. B. (1980). Mr. Davin, M.P. : a biography of Nicholas Flood Davin. Saskatoon, Sask: Western Producer Prairie Books. ISBN 978-0-88833-056-7. OCLC 7402557.