I have a couple of questions about this appreciation letter. http://www.writinghelp-central.com/appreciation-letter.html
I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt thanks to you for your very active participation in our recent conference in Montreal on the "future of aviation". The Chairman and Board Members have also asked me to pass on their sincere appreciation for your efforts in supporting the Institute in this important undertaking.
Am I correct in understanding that "conference" means academic conference in this context?
As for "chairman and board members", which one is correct, chairman and board members of "conference" or chairman and board members of "the institute"?
Am I correct in understanding that "institute" means research institute in this context?
Am I correct in understanding that "our conference" means "conference of the institute" and Peter Smithfield is a President and CEO of the institute?