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BMO Capital Markets Hosts 17th Annual Back to School Conference

  • Executive panel discussions on topics including international themes, digital trends and investor participation
  • Presenting companies include those supporting the PreK-12, postsecondary and corporate training sectors

NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2017 /CNW/ - BMO Capital Markets, the investment and corporate banking arm of BMO Financial Group (NYSE, TSX: BMO), is holding its 17th annual Back to School Investor Conference today in New York.

The conference is the longest-running institutional investor conference dedicated to the education and information sector, and is also one of the largest. This year, the conference is also featuring a virtual reality campus tour hosted by Laureate Education, where participants can tour through the student experience, from orientation to graduation, at Laureate's Lima, Madrid and Sao Paulo campuses.

"The globalization of the education and information sector is a major part of the evolution of the industry evident at our conference this year, from the companies presenting to our first virtual reality experience," said BMO Capital Markets analyst Jeff Silber. "As companies become more global and education becomes more global, investors are looking for insights and analyses to understand this changing landscape better."

The conference is expected to draw more than 900 participants, including 200 global education and information services companies. It also features leading institutional investors, private equity and venture capital funds, as well as industry specialists.

"There has been continued evolution of the education sector being more broadly defined, more software enabled, more global and in general, following the path of education itself," said Susan Wolford, BMO Capital Markets' Group Head of Technology and Business Services. "Especially in a year of high M&A interest at attractive valuations, we are looking forward to lively discussions that focus on the evolution of the sector."

The conference is framed around a series of high-level fireside chats, industry panels and Q&A sessions on topics including:

  • Investing Across the Spectrum
  • How the Business of Education is Reinvesting Higher Ed
  • The Business of Running a School
  • Private School Trends: The Road to Global Citizenship
  • Edtech Investing: A Second Wind?

Participating Companies *

160over90 (Private)Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHC)
2U (TWOU)Ilumno (Private)
Achieve3000 (Private)Information Services Group (III)
Adtalem Global Education (ATGE)Integrative Nutrition (Private)
American Public Education (APEI)**International Schools Partnership (Private)
Ascend Learning (Private)IRI (Private)
Bain Capital (Private)K-12 (LRN)
Bennett Day School (Private)Keypath (Private)
Black Mountain Systems (Private)Kindercare (Private)
Bright Horizons Family Solutions (BFAM)Laureate Education (LAUR)
BrightBytes (Private)Lumerit (Private)
Busy Bees (Private)McKinsey & Company (Private)
C 2 Education (Private)MissionU (Private)
Cadence Education (Private)Moody's (MCO) **
Cambridge Information Group (Private)National Heritage (Private)
CampusLogic (Private)New Markets Venture Partners (Private)
Capella Education (CPLA)Nobel Learning Communities (Private)
Cengage Learning (Private)Oliver Wyman (Private)
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (Private)Owl Ventures (Private)
Chancelight (Private)Pansophic Learning (Private)
Charter Schools USA (Private)Parthenon EY (Private)
Chegg (CHGG)PeopleAdmin (Private)
China Distance Education Holdings (DL)Performance Matters (Private)
Cision (CISN)PowerSchool (Private)
Civitas Learning (Private)Providence Equity (Private)
Colibri Group (Private)PSI Services (Private)
Compliance Solutions Strategies (Private)Rainbow Child Care Centers (Private)
CoStar Group (CSGP)Reach Capital (Private)
Crisis Prevention Institute (Private)Renaissance Learning (Private)
D2L (Private)Rethink Education (Private)
Degree Quest (Private)Revature (Private)
Degreed (Private)Rosetta Stone (RST)
Diligent (Private)Ruffalo Noel Levitz (Private)
Discovery Education (Private)S&P Global (SPGI)
Dulwich International College Group (Private)Scriyb (Private)
Dun & Bradstreet (DNB)**Shorelight (Private)
Edmentum (Private)SPECTRUM AG (Private)
EduCo Global (Private)Straighterline (Private)
Ellucian (Private)Strayer Education (STRA)
Endeavor Schools (Private)Teachstone (Private)
Everfi (Private)TES Global (Private)
Fenergo (Private)The Center for Education Reform (Private)
Finalsite (Private)The Learning Experience  (Private)
Follett Corporation (Private)The Noodle Companies (Private)
Frontline Education (Private)TPG Capital (Private)
Fulcrum Financial Data (Private)True Office Learning (Private)
Gartner (IT)**Turnitin (Private)
GEMS Education (Private)Universal Technical Institute (UTI)
GEMS Education Americas (Private)University Ventures (Private)
General Assembly (Private)Verisk Analytics (VRSK)
GL Education (Private)Vista Equity Partners (Private)
Global Schools Foundation (Private)Vistage (Private)
Global University Systems (Private)Web Financial Group (Private)
GP Strategies (GPX)Weld North (Private)
Grand Canyon Education (LOPE)Worldstrides (Private)
GSV Asset Management (Private)Wyzant (Private)
GTCR Capital Partners (Private)Xignite (Private)

* List of companies registered
**Denotes companies participating in one-on-one meetings only

About BMO Capital Markets
BMO Capital Markets is a leading, full-service North American-based financial services provider, with approximately 2,400 professionals in 30 locations around the world, including 16 offices in North America, offering corporate, institutional and government clients access to a complete range of investment and corporate banking products and services. BMO Capital Markets is a member of BMO Financial Group (NYSE, TSX: BMO), one of the largest diversified financial services providers in North America with US$569 billion total assets and over 45,000 employees as at July 31, 2017.


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