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 /PRNewswire/ – 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)


Achieve3000 (Private)

Adtalem Global Education (ATGE)

American Public Education (APEI)**

Ascend Learning (Private)

Bain Capital (Private)

Bennett Day School (Private)

Black Mountain Systems (Private)

Bright Horizons Family Solutions (BFAM)

BrightBytes (Private)

Busy Bees (Private)

C 2 Education (Private)

Cadence Education (Private)

Cambridge Information Group (Private)

CampusLogic (Private)

Capella Education (CPLA)

Cengage Learning (Private)

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (Private)

Chancelight (Private)

Charter Schools USA (Private)

Chegg (CHGG)

China Distance Education Holdings (DL)

Cision (CISN)

Civitas Learning (Private)

Colibri Group (Private)

Compliance Solutions Strategies (Private)

CoStar Group (CSGP)

Crisis Prevention Institute (Private)

D2L (Private)

Degree Quest (Private)

Degreed (Private)

Diligent (Private)

Discovery Education (Private)

Dulwich International College Group (Private)

Dun & Bradstreet (DNB)**

Edmentum (Private)

EduCo Global (Private)

Ellucian (Private)

Endeavor Schools (Private)

Everfi (Private)

Fenergo (Private)

Finalsite (Private)

Follett Corporation (Private)

Frontline Education (Private)

Fulcrum Financial Data (Private)

Gartner (IT)**

GEMS Education (Private)

GEMS Education Americas (Private)

General Assembly (Private)

GL Education (Private)

Global Schools Foundation (Private)

Global University Systems (Private)

GP Strategies (GPX)

Grand Canyon Education (LOPE)

GSV Asset Management (Private)

GTCR Capital Partners (Private)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHC)

Ilumno (Private)

Information Services Group (III)

Integrative Nutrition (Private)

International Schools Partnership (Private)

IRI (Private)

K-12 (LRN)

Keypath (Private)

Kindercare (Private)

Laureate Education (LAUR)

Lumerit (Private)

McKinsey & Company (Private)

MissionU (Private)

Moody’s (MCO) **

National Heritage (Private)

New Markets Venture Partners (Private)

Nobel Learning Communities (Private)

Oliver Wyman (Private)

Owl Ventures (Private)

Pansophic Learning (Private)

Parthenon EY (Private)

PeopleAdmin (Private)

Performance Matters (Private)

PowerSchool (Private)

Providence Equity (Private)

PSI Services (Private)

Rainbow Child Care Centers (Private)

Reach Capital (Private)

Renaissance Learning (Private)

Rethink Education (Private)

Revature (Private)

Rosetta Stone (RST)

Ruffalo Noel Levitz (Private)

S&P Global (SPGI)

Scriyb (Private)

Shorelight (Private)


Straighterline (Private)

Strayer Education (STRA)

Teachstone (Private)

TES Global (Private)

The Center for Education Reform (Private)

The Learning Experience (Private)

The Noodle Companies (Private)

TPG Capital (Private)

True Office Learning (Private)

Turnitin (Private)

Universal Technical Institute (UTI)

University Ventures (Private)

Verisk Analytics (VRSK)

Vista Equity Partners (Private)

Vistage (Private)

Web Financial Group (Private)

Weld North (Private)

Worldstrides (Private)

Wyzant (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.

SOURCE BMO Financial Group

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