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MEDIA ADVISORY: BMO Capital Markets Hosts 15th Annual Back to School Education Conference

NEW YORK, NEW YORK--(Marketwired - Sep 2, 2015) - BMO Capital Markets, the investment and corporate banking arm of BMO Financial Group (BMO.TO)(BMO.TO), will hold its 15th annual Back to School Education Investor Conference on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York.

The conference was first launched in 2001 and is the largest and longest-running institutional investor conference dedicated exclusively to the education sector. This year, attendees will be weighing rapid change in the industry, as global education providers contend with teaching models that are moving away from textbooks and toward digital formats.

"Education and education services providers are looking at how to handle rapid technological changes in the sector. The Back to School conference is a key event for anybody - whether they be operators or investors - who is interested in how the education industry is evolving," said Jeff Silber, Analyst, BMO Capital Markets Research, who will be hosting the conference.

The conference is expected to draw more than 900 participants, including some 250 global education companies. It will also feature the industry's leading institutional investors, private equity and venture capital funds, as well as industry specialists. The conference is framed around a series of high-level fireside chats, industry panels and Q&A sessions on topics including:

  • From Operator to Serial Education Investor: What's different this time?

  • Leading Platforms in Education

  • Investors Across The Spectrum

  • Schools Around the Globe

  • How Data is Driving Results

More than 100 for-profit education companies will participate including:

Presenting Companies


Interactive Achievement (Private)

Agilix (Private)

K12 (LRN)

American Public Education (APEI)

Knewton (Private)

Apex Learning (Private)

LaunchCode (Private)

Apollo Group (APOL)

Liaison International (Private)

Ashworth College (Private)

Lincoln Educational Services (LINC)

BloomBoard (Private)

LoudCloud Systems (Private)

Bridgepoint Education (BPI)

Macaulay Honors College, CUNY

Bright Horizons Family Solutions (BFAM)

McKinsey & Company (Private)

BrightPath Early Learning (BPE)

Minerva Project (Private)

Brightside Academy (Private)

National Heritage Academies (Private)

Busy Bee (Private)

New Oriental Education & Technology Group (EDU)

C2 Education (Private)

Nobel Learning Communities (Private)

Cadence Education (Private)

Nord Anglia Education (NORD)

Cambium Learning Group (ABCD)

Oliver Wyman (Private)

Capella Education (CPLA)

OnCourse Learning (Private)

Career Education (CECO)

Open English (Private)

Catapult Learning (Private)

Orbis Education (Private)


Pansophic Learning (Private)

Cengage Learning (Private)

Parthenon Group EY (Private)

Charter Schools USA (Private)

Pearson (PSO)

Chegg (CHGG)

PlattForm (Private)

Civitas Learning (Private)

PowerSchool (Private)

Cognotion (Private)

Providence Equity

Columbia International College (Private)

Qubed (Private)

Crisis Prevention Institute (Private)

Questar Assessment (Private)

Curriculum Associates (Private)

Renaissance Learning (Private)

D2L (Private)

Ruffalo Noel Levitz (Private)

DeVry Education Group (DV)

Shorelight Education (Private)

Dulwich College International Group (Private)

Sterling Partners (Private)

EDGE EdTech (Private)

StraighterLine (Private)

Educational Services of America (Private)

Stratford Schools (Private)

EduCo International Group (Private)

Strayer Education (STRA)

Eduventures (Private)

TargetX (Private)

Ellucian (Private)

TeacherMatch (Private)

Everspring Partners (Private)

TES Global (Private)

Flat World Knowledge (Private)

The Advisory Board Company (ABCO)

Fusion Academy (Private)

The Learning Experience (Private)

Galvanize (Private)

The Noodle Companies (Private)

GEMS Education America (Private)

Think Through Math (Private)

General Assembly (Private)

Turning Technologies (Private)

GL Education (Private)

Turnitin (Private)

Global Schools Foundation (Private)

TwentyEighty (Private)

Global University Systems (Private)

Universal Technical Institutes (UTI)

GP Strategies (GPX)

University of Pennsylvania- GSE (Private)

Grand Canyon Education (LOPE)

University Ventures (Private)

Greenwood Hall

Vocado (Private)

Hellman & Friedman (Private)

Weld North (Private)

HotChalk (Private)

Whiteboard Advisors (Private)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHC)

Yogome (Private)

Insight Venture Partners (Private)

Cognition Education

Guest Moderators include:


Company Name

Jonathan Harber, Managing Partner


Dr. Kenneth Hartman, Senior Fellow


Jimmy Sarakatsannis, Associate Principal

McKinsey & Company

Chip Greene, Partner; Vanessa Webb, Partner

Oliver Wyman

Ron Packard, CEO & Founder

Pansophic Learning

Robert Lytle, Partner

Parthenon EY

Barbara Kurshan, Executive Director of Academic Innovation


Ryan Craig, Managing Director; Daniel Pianko, Managing Director

University Ventures

Ben Wallerstein, Co-Founder

Whiteboard Advisors

Journalists interested in attending the conference in person, listening to the live webcast and/or scheduling an interview, are asked to call Harris Rubinroit at (212) 702-1992 or Harris.Rubinroit@bmo.com.

Presentations of public companies will be webcast live and archived on the conference homepage on the BMO Capital Markets website: http://www.bmocm.com/conferences/backtoschool2015/.

About BMO Capital Markets

BMO Capital Markets is a leading, full-service North American financial services provider. With more than 2,300 employees operating in 29 locations, including 16 in North America, BMO Capital Markets offers 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 (BMO.TO)(BMO.TO), one of the largest diversified financial services providers in North America, with total assets of $672 billion as of July 31, 2015, and more than 47,000 employees.